Definition of usufruct in English:



mass nounLaw
  • The right to enjoy the use and advantages of another's property short of the destruction or waste of its substance.

    • ‘It is widely recognized that agriculture, wherein crops can grow again and no serious effect is made on the soil or the land, is an appropriate usage of the right of usufruct.’
    • ‘In men's wills, usufruct on the husband's property is left to widows under condition that they give up their right to dowry and extradotal goods in favour of offspring.’
    • ‘Landowners do not own groundwater as owner of the land, they just have a right to the usufruct of the water and not the water itself.’
    • ‘According to her husband's testament, the lady was returned her dowry and was given the usufruct of her husband's landed property.’
    • ‘This surrender took place in order to obtain the protection of the lord or to gain the usufruct of land.’


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin usufructus, from Latin usus (et) fructus ‘use (and) enjoyment’, from usus ‘a use’ + fructus ‘fruit’.