Modern term for the use and enjoyment of the income from a piece land with the proviso that it should not be damaged or diminished. Thus land given as a loan conveyed the usufruct, not the land itself. [< Lat. usus = use + fructus = fruit; thus, use of the fruits.] -

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  • Usufruct — is the legal right to use and derive profit or benefit from property that belongs to another person, as long as the property is not damaged. In many legal usufruct systems of property, such as the traditional ejido system in Mexico, individuals… …   Wikipedia

  • usufruct — usu·fruct / yü zə ˌfrəkt, sə / n [Latin ususfructus from usus et fructus, literally, use and enjoyment]: the right to the use and enjoyment of another s property and its profits a usufruct in the crops of the estate; esp in the civil law of… …   Law dictionary

  • usufruct — u‧su‧fruct [ˈjuːzjuːfrʌkt] noun [uncountable] LAW the legal right to use a person s property in whatever way you like during your life, on condition that you return it to its owner in a reasonable condition: • usufruct rights over agricultural… …   Financial and business terms

  • Usufruct — U su*fruct (?; 277), n. [L. usufructus, ususfructus, usus et fructus; usus use + fructus fruit.] (Law) The right of using and enjoying the profits of an estate or other thing belonging to another, without impairing the substance. Burrill. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • usufruct — (n.) right to the use and profits of the property of another without damaging it, 1610s (implied in usufructuary), from L.L. usufructus, in full usus et fructus use and enjoyment, from L. usus a use (see USE (Cf. use) (n.)) + fructus enjoyment,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • usufruct — [yo͞o′zyoo frukt΄, yo͞o′syoofrukt΄] n. [LL usufructus < L ususfructus < usus, a USE + fructus, enjoyment, FRUIT] Rom. Law Civil Law the right to use the property of another for a period of time with the obligation to return it or leave it… …   English World dictionary

  • usufruct — /yooh zoo frukt , soo , yoohz yoo , yoohs /, n. Roman and Civil Law. the right of enjoying all the advantages derivable from the use of something that belongs to another, as far as is compatible with the substance of the thing not being destroyed …   Universalium

  • usufruct — /yuwz(y)afrakt/ In the civil law, a real right of limited duration on the property of another. The features of the right vary with the nature of the things subject to it as consumables or nonconsumables. Civ. Code La. art. 535. The right of using …   Black's law dictionary

  • Usufruct — A legal term describing a situation wherein a person or company has a temporary right to use and derive income from someone else s property (provided that it isn t damaged). Usufruct is recognized only in a few jurisdictions in North America …   Investment dictionary

  • usufruct — n. & v. n. (in Roman and Scots law) the right of enjoying the use and advantages of another s property short of the destruction or waste of its substance. hold in usufruct. Derivatives: usufructuary adj. & n. Etymology: med.L usufructus f.… …   Useful english dictionary

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