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A legal arrangement in which a property owner such as an ecclesiastical institution is barred from transferring or selling its property.
(Law) law the state or condition of lands, buildings, etc, held inalienably, as by an ecclesiastical or other corporation
[C15: from Old French mortemain, from Medieval Latin mortua manus dead hand, inalienable ownership]
1. the condition of lands or tenements held without right of alienation, as by an ecclesiastical corporation.
2. the perpetual holding of land, esp. by a corporation or charitable trust.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, translation of Medieval Latin mortua manus dead hand]
transfer or ownership of real property in perpetuity, as transfer to or ownership by a corporate body like a school, college, or church.See also: Property and Ownership
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|Noun||1.||mortmain - real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)|
corp, corporation - a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state
|2.||mortmain - the oppressive influence of past events or decisions|
influence - a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc; "used her parents' influence to get the job"