Friday, May 27, 2011


Usufruct \YOO-zoo-fruhkt\ or \YOO-soo-fruhkt\ or \YOOZ-yoo-fruhkt\ or \YOOS-yoo-fruhkt\, noun;
1. Roman and Civil Law: The right of enjoying all the advantages derivable from the use of something that belongs to another, as far as is compatible with the substance of the thing not being destroyed or injured

This word dates to the 1610's from Late Latin usufructus, which is an elision of usus et fructus ("use and enjoyment"). Usus means "use" and fructus literally means "fruit," but it actually conveys a sense of "enjoyment".

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