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mesne profits

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Definition of mesne profits in English:

plural noun

Law
The profits of an estate received by a tenant in wrongful possession and recoverable by the landlord.
Example sentences
  • During that time, the subtenant on the land will be in the position of a trespasser, and as such can be required to pay mesne profits to the landlord.
  • An action for mesne profits, unlike ejectment, allows the claimant to claim damages for his loss during the period that he has been dispossessed.
  • Here, the plaintiff's claim to mesne profits is dependent upon it showing that as between it and the defendant, it was entitled to possession of the property.

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