Usufruct definition

yo͝ozə-frŭkt, -sə-
(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, undamaged or unimpaired.
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The right to the use and profits of something belonging to another.
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(law) 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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
usufruct
Plural:
usufructs

Origin of usufruct

  • Late Latin ūsūfrūctus variant of Latin ūsusfrūctus ūsus use usual frūctus enjoyment fruit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin usufructus, from Latin Å«sus et fructus (use and enjoyment), cognate to English use and fruit.

    From Wiktionary