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  • n. An estate in land which is owned by a party only for the duration of the life of that party, and for which ownership will revert to another upon the death of that party.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an estate which is held during the term of some certain person's life, but does not pass by inheritance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (law) an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it


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