Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In law, middle; intervening; intermediate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Law) Middle; intervening.
  • adjective intermediate process; process intervening between the beginning and end of a suit, sometimes understood to be the whole process preceding the execution.

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  • adjective law intermediate

Etymologies

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Compare mean ("intermediate").

Examples

  • Damages for trespass to land are usually measured by the market value of the unauthorized use, that is to say, the going rent (where the trespasser is an overholding tenant, such damages are called mesne profits).

    Irish Blogs

  • Lady Holmhurst does not seem to be aware that although 'mesne' -- a totally erroneous word -- is pronounced 'mean,' it is spelt m-e-s-n-e. "

    Mr. Meeson's Will

  • I didn't even try with mesne and it turns out it was within the realm of guessing!

    Define That Term #27

  • It is seldom used, except in reference to "mesne profits."

    Define That Term #27

  • Xenomanes the great traveller and thwarter of dangerous ways, who was come at the bidding and appointment of Panurge, of whose castlewick of Salmigondin he did hold some petty inheritance by the tenure of a mesne fee.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Xenomanes the great traveller and thwarter of dangerous ways, who was come at the bidding and appointment of Panurge, of whose castlewick of Salmigondin he did hold some petty inheritance by the tenure of a mesne fee.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Concessions to the agricultural and commercial classes: mesne tenants granted the privileges of tenants-in-chief; uniform weights and measures; affirmation of the ancient liberties of London and other towns; limitation on royal seizure of private property; reform of the forest law; reform of the courts.

    1194-99

  • In more recent years in England very few freehold estates may be traced to any mesne or intermediate lord.

    The History of Escheats

  • Except with the prior written consent of the Secretary, no receivership, reorganization, or similar proceeding affecting the company shall be instituted; and no attachment by mesne process, garnishment, execution, or otherwise shall be levied on or against any of the real or personal property or other assets of the company.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10141

  • Bail in civil matters, since the abolition of arrest on mesne process, is virtually extinct.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

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