mesne profits
mesne profits n pl: profits (as from crops) earned by one in wrongful possession of property
the rightful owner sued for mesne profits

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

mesne profits
n.
(1) Profits occurring between two points in time.
(2) Profits earned from land by a person who has no right to it, recoverable by the landowner.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


mesne profits
(meen) Profits or value of land during the time someone was wrongfully occupying the land. For example, if someone farmed a plot of land without permission, any profit from that activity would be owed to the actual landowner. Similarly, a tenant who stays on after a court has issued a judgment for possession to the landlord owes the landlord the value of the time spent there without permission.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

mesne profits
n.
   profits which have accrued while there was a dispute over land ownership. If it is determined the party using the land did not have legal ownership, the true owner can sue for some or all of the profits made in the interim by the illegal tenant, which are thus called "mesne profits."
   See also: mesne

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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