Definitions of "mortmain"
  1. The ownership of real property forever by an organizational entity such as a church
  2. The prevailing impact of past events or decisions
How to use "mortmain" in a sentence
  1. The church has held the property in mortmain for over three centuries now.
  2. The tradition of mortmain often causes societies to be guided by their past customs and decisions.
  3. Because of the principle of mortmain, the artwork will remain in the possession of the institution forever.

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