Definition of usufruct in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞ozəˌfrəkt/
Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞osəˌfrəkt/


Roman Law
The right to enjoy the use and advantages of another’s property short of the destruction or waste of its substance.
Example sentences
  • It is widely recognized that agriculture, wherein crops can grow again and no serious effect is made on the soil or the land, is an appropriate usage of the right of usufruct.
  • In men's wills, usufruct on the husband's property is left to widows under condition that they give up their right to dowry and extradotal goods in favour of offspring.
  • Landowners do not own groundwater as owner of the land, they just have a right to the usufruct of the water and not the water itself.



Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞ozəˈfrək(t)SHəˌwerē/ Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞osəˈfrək(t)SHəˌwerē/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • He described it as a proprietary right and the rights of the individual members of the clan or group were the possessory or usufructuary rights.
  • It was emphasised by him that the usufructuary rights that were referred to, which may not have been proprietary in character, nonetheless, depended wholly on the community title.
  • ‘Owner’ includes a lessee, a usufructuary or any other person having a beneficial interest in the land.’


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin usufructus, from Latin usus (et) fructus 'use (and) enjoyment', from usus 'a use' + fructus 'fruit'.

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Syllabification: u·su·fruct

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