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Meaning of MORTMAIN

Pronunciation:  'mort`meyn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the oppressive influence of past events of decisions
  2. [n]  real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
 

MORTMAIN is a 8 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: dead hand, dead hand, dead hand of the past
 
 See Also: influence, real estate, real property, realty

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mort"main`\, n. [F. mort, morte, dead + main hand; F.
main-morte. See {Mortal}, and {Manual}.] (Law)
Possession of lands or tenements in, or conveyance to, dead
hands, or hands that cannot alienate.

Note: The term was originally applied to conveyance of land
      made to ecclesiastical bodies; afterward to conveyance
      made to any corporate body. --Burrill.

 

 

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