What is Premises?

Alternative Forms: Premise
Legal Definition
Premises are land and buildings together considered as a property. This usage arose from property owners finding the word in their [title deed]s, where it originally correctly meant "the aforementioned; what this document is about", from [Latin] prae-missus = "placed before".

In this sense, the word is always used in the plural, but singular in construction. Note that a single house or a single other piece of property is "premises", not a "premise", although the word "premises" is plural in form; e.g. "The equipment is on the customer's premises", never "The equipment is on the customer's premise".
-- Wikipedia
Legal Definition
That which is put before. The word has several significations; sometimes it means the statements which have been before made; as, I act upon these premises; in this sense, this word may comprise a variety of subjects, having no connexion among themselves; 1 East, R. 456; it signifies a formal part of a deed; and it is made to designate an estate.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
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Estates. Lands and tenements are usually, called premises, when particularly spoken of; as, the premises will be sold without reserve. 1 East, R. 453.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
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Conveyancing. That part in the beginning of a deed, in which are set forth the names of the parties, with their titles ana additions, and in which are recited such deeds, agreements, or matters of fact, as are necessary to explain the reasons upon which the contract then entered into is founded; and it is here also the consideration on which it is made, is set down, and the certainty of the thing granted. 2 Bl. Com. 298. The technical meaning of the premises in a deed, is every thing which precedes the habendum. 8 Mass. R. 174; 6 Conn. R. 289. Vide Deed.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
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Equity pleading. That part of a bill usually denominated the stating part of the bill. It contains a narrative of the facts and circumstances of the plaintiff's case, and the wrongs of which he complains, and the names of the persons by whom done, and against whom he seeks redress. Coop. Eq. Pl..9; Bart. Suit in equity, 27; Mitf. Eq. Pl. by Jeremy, 43; Story, Eq. Pl. 27; 4 Bouv, Inst. n. 4158.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
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That which is put before; that which precedes; the foregoing statements. Thus, in logic, the two introductory propositions of the syllogism are called the "premises," and from them the conclusion is deduced. So, in pleading, the expression "in consideration of the premises" frequently occurs, the meaning being "in consideration of the matters hereinbefore stated." See Teutonia F. Ins. Co. v. Mund, 102 Pa. 93; Alaska Imp. Co., v. Hirsch, 119 Cal. 249, 47 Pac. 124. In conveyancing. That part of a deed which precedes the habendum, in which are set forth the names of the parties with their titles and additions, and in which are recited such deeds, agreements, or matters of fact as are necessary to explain the reasons upon which the present transaction is founded; and it is here, also, the consideration on which it is made is set down and the certainty of the thing granted. 2 Bl. Comm. 298. And sce Miller v. Graham, 47 S. C. 288, 25 S. E. 165; Brown v. Manter, 21 N. H. 533, 53 Am. Dec. 223; Rouse v. Steamboat Co.., 69 Hun, 80, 13 N. Y. Supp. 126. In estates. Lands and tenements; an estate ; the subject-matter of a conveyance. The term "premises" is used in common parlance to signify land, with its appurtenances; but its usual and appropriate meaning in a conveyance is the thing demised or granted by the deed. New Jersey Zinc Co., v. New Jersey Frankhnite Co.., 13 N. J. Eq. 322; In re Rohrbacher's Estate, 168 Pa. 158, 32 Atl. 30; Cummings v. Dearborn. 56 Vt. 44l; State v. French, 120 Ind. 229, 22 N. E. 108. The word is also used to denote the subject-matter insured in a policy. 4 Campb. 89. In equity pleading. The stating part of a bill It contains a narrative of the facts and circumstances of the plaintiff's case, and the wrongs of which he complains, and the names of the persons by whom done and against whom he seeks redress. Story, Eq. PI. ยง 27.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
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Any assumption or information which forms the basis of a conclusion.
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All that part of a deed which precedes the habendum. See 21 N. H. 528, 53 Am. Dec. 223.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary