Middle English mortemaynefrom Old French mortemainmortefeminine ofmortdeadmortgagemainhand (from Latin manusman-2 in Indo-European roots)
The council is a body corporate, may hold land in mortmain, and can appoint committees for its own parish or jointly with any other parish council.
This was St Bernard's College, founded by Chicheley under licence in mortmain in 1437 for Cistercian monks, on the model of Gloucester Hall and Durham College for the southern and northern Benedictines.
the tax on property in mortmain, dues for the verification of weights and measures, the tax on royalties from mines, on horses, mules and carriages, on cycles, &c.
With regard to the land and the services due therefrom a beginning was made of the policy which culminated in the statutes of Mortmain and of Quia Emptores.
The Statute of Mortmain forbade any man to alienate land to the church without royal licence.