mesnest

mesne

[meen]
adjective Law.
intermediate or intervening.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, spelling variant of meen mean3

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mesne (miːn)
 
adj
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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mesne
mid-15c., altered spelling (by Fr. influence) of Anglo-Fr. meen "mean" (see mean (adj.); also cf. demesne).
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