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n. - The oppressive influence of past events of decisions; Real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation).

Usage examples (30)
  • Whatever advantages are obtained by a state proceeding on these maxims, are locked fast as in a sort of family settlement; grasped as in a kind of mortmain for ever.
  • A sort of family settlement, grasped as in a kind of mortmain forever.
  • "mortmain", a word coined to represent the condition where land has come into the possession of a dead hand, or in Latin mortua manus.
  • The Laity suspect their greatness, witness those statutes of mortmain. for more
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