Dominant Tenement Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Dominant Tenement.

Dominant Tenement (noun)

A Dominant Tenement is a plot of land that gains an advantage or benefit from a legal right, in the form of an easement, over a neighboring plot of land. This might be a right of way, or a right to light or drainage. The land gaining the advantage is the "dominant" tenement and land giving the advantage is the "servient" tenement. Importantly, these rights generally stay intact even if property ownership changes.