One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The right to enjoy the use and advantages of another's property short of the destruction or waste of its substance.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century: from medieval Latin usufructus, from Latin usus (et) fructus ‘use (and) enjoyment’, from usus ‘a use’ + fructus ‘fruit’.
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