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 for Base fee
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Base \Base\ (b[=a]s), a. [OE. bass, F. bas, low, fr. LL. bassus
     thick, fat, short, humble; cf. L. Bassus, a proper name, and
     W. bas shallow. Cf. Bass a part in music.]
     1. Of little, or less than the usual, height; of low growth;
        as, base shrubs. [Archaic] --Shak.
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     2. Low in place or position. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     3. Of humble birth; or low degree; lowly; mean. [Archaic] "A
        peasant and base swain." --Bacon.
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     4. Illegitimate by birth; bastard. [Archaic]
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              Why bastard? wherefore base?          --Shak.
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     5. Of little comparative value, as metal inferior to gold and
        silver, the precious metals.
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     6. Alloyed with inferior metal; debased; as, base coin; base
        bullion.
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     7. Morally low. Hence: Low-minded; unworthy; without dignity
        of sentiment; ignoble; mean; illiberal; menial; as, a base
        fellow; base motives; base occupations. "A cruel act of a
        base and a cowardish mind." --Robynson (More's Utopia).
        "Base ingratitude." --Milton.
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     8. Not classical or correct. "Base Latin." --Fuller.
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     9. Deep or grave in sound; as, the base tone of a violin. [In
        this sense, commonly written bass.]
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     10. (Law) Not held by honorable service; as, a base estate,
         one held by services not honorable; held by villenage.
         Such a tenure is called base, or low, and the tenant, a
         base tenant.
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     Base fee, formerly, an estate held at the will of the lord;
        now, a qualified fee. See note under Fee, n., 4.
  
     Base metal. See under Metal.
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     Syn: Dishonorable; worthless; ignoble; low-minded; infamous;
          sordid; degraded.
  
     Usage: Base, Vile, Mean. These words, as expressing
            moral qualities, are here arranged in the order of
            their strength, the strongest being placed first. Base
            marks a high degree of moral turpitude; vile and mean
            denote, in different degrees, the lack of what is
            valuable or worthy of esteem. What is base excites our
            abhorrence; what is vile provokes our disgust or
            indignation; what is mean awakens contempt. Base is
            opposed to high-minded; vile, to noble; mean, to
            liberal or generous. Ingratitude is base; sycophancy
            is vile; undue compliances are mean.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BASE FEE, English law. A tenure in fee at the will of the lord. This was 
  distinguished from socage free tenure. See Co. Litt. 1, 18. 
  
  

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