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[yoo-zoo-fruhkt, -soo-, yooz-yoo-, yoos-] /ˈyu zʊˌfrʌkt, -sʊ-, ˈyuz yʊ-, ˈyus-/
noun, Roman and Civil Law.
the right of enjoying all the advantages derivable from the use of something that belongs to another, as far as is compatible with the substance of the thing not being destroyed or injured.
1620-30; < Late Latin ūsūfrūctus, equivalent to Latin ūsū, ablative of ūsus (see use (noun)) + frūctus (see fruit) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for usufruct
  • Village members had usufruct rights overland but no ownership rights.
  • In addition to contemporary issues surrounding usufruct rights, there are also issues concerning religion.
British Dictionary definitions for usufruct


the right to use and derive profit from a piece of property belonging to another, provided the property itself remains undiminished and uninjured in any way
Derived Forms
usufructuary, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin ūsūfrūctus, from Latin ūsus use + frūctus enjoyment
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Word Origin and History for usufruct

"right to the use and profits of the property of another without damaging it," 1610s (implied in usufructuary), from Late Latin usufructus, in full usus et fructus "use and enjoyment," from Latin usus "a use" (see use (n.)) + fructus "enjoyment," literally "fruit" (see fruit). Attested earlier in delatinized form usufruit (late 15c.).

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Encyclopedia Article for usufruct

in Roman-based legal systems, the temporary right to the use and enjoyment of the property of another, without changing the character of the property. This legal concept developed in Roman law and found significant application in the determination of the property interests between a slave held under a usus fructus (Latin: "use and enjoyment") bond and a temporary master. Any property acquired by a slave as a result of his labour legally belonged to that master

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