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Meaning of mortmain

mort•main

Pronunciation: (môrt'mān"), [key]
— n. Law.
  1. the condition of lands or tenements held without right of alienation, as by an ecclesiastical corporation; inalienable ownership.
  2. the perpetual holding of land, esp. by a corporation or charitable trust.
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