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.

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  • 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

  • To hold in usufruct; subject to a right of enjoyment of its advantages by one while owned by another.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin ūsūfrūctus, variant of Latin ūsusfrūctus : ūsus, use; see usual + frūctus, enjoyment; see fruit.

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From Late Latin usufructus, from Latin ūsus et fructus (use and enjoyment), cognate to English use and fruit.


  • The term usufruct refers to the right to use and enjoy something that belongs to another person when it extends beyond their property.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • I suggested in an ironic post that, when Mann told the House Energy and Commerce Committtee that the code was his personal property as opposed to the property of the university over which he had what we can now put the term usufruct, this was an act of tortious conversion – a rather amusing incident of conversion, but one which met the legal definitions of the tort.

    Hansen and the "Destruction of Creation" « Climate Audit

  • I set out on this ground which I suppose to be self evident, “that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living;” that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Change I Can Believe In

  • Well, if she were to retire into a convent, taking vows of celibacy and poverty, then what they call the usufruct of her properties could be settled upon her heir presumptive for her lifetime, the properties themselves passing to him at her death. "

    The Lady Paramount

  • Last week's term was usufruct, which is defined as:

    Sui Generis--a New York law blog:

  • Perfect usufruct, which is of things which the usufructuary can enjoy without altering their substance, though their substance may be diminished or deteriorated naturally by time or by the use to which they are applied; as a house, a piece of land, animals, furniture and other movable effects.

    Hansen and the "Destruction of Creation" « Climate Audit

  • Barber shops and usufruct: Small barbershops and beauty salons have been turned over to the employees in usufruct, meaning they must pay the state to use its property, the establishments themselves.

    Yoani Sanchez: Cuba: The Physics Are Rarely Wrong

  • Ethical principles of "usufruct" trace back to Roman legal statute.

    The Real Dirt on a Sustainable Economy

  • There were servitudes which might be considered as either real or personal, and others, again, which could only be personal, such as usufruct, use, habitation, and the labour of slaves.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Pekin giving the Russians the "usufruct" of Port Arthur and Talienwan, which, practically, meant that Russia had obtained those harbors unconditionally, and for an indefinite period.



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  • Dude, you are so fruct.

    June 13, 2009

  • sounds like a dirty word.

    June 11, 2009