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Meaning of DEAD HAND

Pronunciation:  ded hand

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the oppressive influence of past events of decisions
  2. [n]  real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
 
 Synonyms: dead hand of the past, mortmain, mortmain
 
 See Also: influence, real estate, real property, realty

 

 

 

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