mortmain definition

  • noun:
    • Law Perpetual ownership of property by establishments such churches that cannot transfer or sell it.
    • The often oppressive influence of history on the present.
    • The perpetual, inalienable control of lands by a corporation or non-personal entity eg a church.
    • a powerful and inalienable ownership.
    • ownership of lands or tenements in, or conveyance to, lifeless arms, or arms that cannot alienate.
    • in-law, control of places or tenements in lifeless fingers, or hands that simply cannot alienate, as those of ecclesiastical corporations; unalienable ownership.
    • genuine home held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
    • the oppressive impact of previous events or choices

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