from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Scots law, a contract by which such things are lent as are consumed in the use, or cannot be used without their extinction or alienation, such as corn, wine, money, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a loan in Roman and civil law of fungible things to be restored in similar property of the same quantity and quality
  • noun a contract in which movables are so loaned
  • noun a loan for consumption


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From Middle English, from Latin mūtuum ("loan"), neuter substantive of mūtuus ("borrowed, lent").



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  • What a horrible word. Not only does it have that infelicitous distribution of vowels, it conjures up images of mucus and sputum. Yuck.

    January 17, 2009

  • Really, S.? I relate it to mutual, a rather nice word, which I suspect it is related to, though I'm not sure how it's used – sounds like a word French social philosophers (Badiou? Bourdieu?) might use.

    January 17, 2009