- a transfer of lands or houses to a corporate body, such as a school, church, or charitable organization, for perpetual ownership
- such ownership
Origin of mortmainMiddle English morte-mayne from Old French mortemain from Medieval Latin mortua manus, literally , dead hand from feminine of Classical Latin mortuus, past participle of mori, to die (see mortal) + manus, hand: see manual
A legal arrangement in which a property owner such as an ecclesiastical institution is barred from transferring or selling its property.
Origin of mortmainMiddle English mortemayne from Old French mortemain morte feminine of mort dead ; see mortgage . main hand ( from Latin manus ; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.)
mortmain - Legal Definition
The permanent holding of lands by an ecclesiastical organization, without the right to dispose of them.