adjective Law.
intermediate or intervening.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, spelling variant of meen mean3 Unabridged
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mesne (miːn)
1.  intermediate or intervening: used esp of any assignment of property before the last: a mesne assignment
2.  mesne profits rents or profits accruing during the rightful owner's exclusion from his land
[C15: from legal French meien in the middle, mean³]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., altered spelling (by Fr. influence) of Anglo-Fr. meen "mean" (see mean (adj.); also cf. demesne).
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Example sentences
Action on judgment or for mesne profits of real property.
Arrest of nonresident on mesne process in suit by nonresident.
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