• WordNet 3.6
    • n usufruct 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Usufruct (Law) The right of using and enjoying the profits of an estate or other thing belonging to another, without impairing the substance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n usufruct 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. Quasi-usufruct was admitted in the civil law in the case of certain perishable things. In these cases an equivalent in kind and quantity was admitted to represent the things destroyed or injured by use. (Amos.) Usufruct is often used as implying that the right is held for life, as distinguished from more limited and from permanent rights.
    • usufruct To hold in usufruct; subject to a right of enjoyment of its advantages by one while owned by another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Usufruct ū′zū-frukt; the use and profit, but not the property, of a thing: liferent
    • v.t Usufruct to hold in usufruct
    • n Usufruct one who holds property for use by usufruct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. usufructus, ususfructus, usus et fructus,; usus, use + fructus, fruit


In literature:

Man receives his usufruct from the hands of society, which alone is the permanent possessor.
"What is Property?" by P. J. Proudhon
It was bad enough to be obliged to cede a large part of the estates in usufruct, but it seemed to be much worse to have to sell it.
"Russia" by Donald Mackenzie Wallace
I promise to consider myself your mandatory, or, to express it better, you will own the property and I will have the usufruct.
"Samuel Brohl & Company" by Victor Cherbuliez
Nor should the greater share of this usufruct be absorbed by the manufacturer and publisher of the book.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
Tithes, levied only on lands held in usufruct, as estates belonging to temples.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
As I have already said, every contract to let renders absolutely void the occupier's right of exclusive usufruct of the house-site.
"Freeland" by Theodor Hertzka
It was the wind off the land that made me think of all this possession in which I am to enjoy so short a usufruct.
"Hills and the Sea" by H. Belloc
Each generation has the usufruct of the earth during the period of its continuance.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Allowances, to divorced wife, 137. usufruct of field, garden, and goods.
"The Oldest Code of Laws in the World The code of laws promulgated by Hammurabi, King of Babylon B.C. 2285-2242" by Hammurabi, King of Babylon
Our part, the human part, was simply to enjoy the usufruct.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
That was usufruct; but usury was a different thing.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Three deposits with usufruct: depositing a woman, a horse, salt.
"The Triads of Ireland" by Kuno Meyer
He has the usufruct of his farm for a certain number of years, with liberty to crop it in a certain way.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 353, March 1845" by Various
The payment affects the proprietary title, but not the usufruct.
"To Cuba and Back" by Richard Henry Dana
Having no sea-coast, Bolivia has no seaport except what may be granted in usufruct by Chile.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
They had in fact acquired rights over it allied to usufruct.
"The Fijians" by Basil Thomson
No further seek its usufruct to discern.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
Rent is the value of the usufruct of wealth, wages are the value of the usufruct of labor.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
In my opinion one has only the usufruct in such cases.
"Paul and His Dog, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIV)" by Charles Paul de Kock
The usufruct of the new science has been seized upon by the old tradition of fixed and external ends.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey