usu·fruct /'yü-zə-ˌfrəkt, -sə-/ n [Latin ususfructus from usus et fructus, literally, use and enjoyment]: the right to the use and enjoyment of another's property and its profits
a usufruct in the crops of the estate; esp in the civil law of Louisiana: a personal servitude of limited duration that confers the right of use and full enjoyment of another's property and its fruits
◇ Under the civil law of Louisiana, one having a usufruct in land must deliver it to the owner with its basic substance undiminished at the end of the term; one having a usufruct in consumables acquires ownership of them, but must return their value or things of the same quantity or quality at the end of the usufruct.

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

index benefit (betterment)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The civil law right to use property that belongs to someone else.

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

the right of enjoying the fruits of property of another person, e.g. the wife of a deceased person living in an estate house until her death.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The right to use property — or income from property — that is owned by another.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

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

A civil law term referring to the right of one individual to use and enjoy the property of another, provided its substance is neither impaired nor altered.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A civil law term referring to the right of one individual to use and enjoy the property of another, provided its substance is neither impaired nor altered.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • usufruct — /yuwz(y)afrakt/ In the civil law, a real right of limited duration on the property of another. The features of the right vary with the nature of the things subject to it as consumables or nonconsumables. Civ. Code La. art. 535. The right of using …   Black's law dictionary

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  • usufruct — n. & v. n. (in Roman and Scots law) the right of enjoying the use and advantages of another s property short of the destruction or waste of its substance. hold in usufruct. Derivatives: usufructuary adj. & n. Etymology: med.L usufructus f.… …   Useful english dictionary

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