from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The right to use and enjoy the profits and advantages of something belonging to another as long as the property is not damaged or altered in any way.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The right of using and enjoying the profits of an estate or other thing belonging to another, without impairing the substance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, the right of enjoying all the advantages derivable from the use of something which belongs to another so far as is compatible with the substance of the thing not being destroyed or injured.
- To hold in usufruct; subject to a right of enjoyment of its advantages by one while owned by another.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a legal right to use and derive profit from property belonging to someone else provided that the property itself is not injured in any way
Late Latin ūsūfrūctus, variant of Latin ūsusfrūctus : ūsus, use; see usual + frūctus, enjoyment; see fruit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin usufructus, from Latin ūsus et fructus (use and enjoyment), cognate to English use and fruit. (Wiktionary)