Mort"main` (?), n. [F. mort, morte, dead + main hand; F. main-morte. See Mortal, and Manual.] Law

Possession of lands or tenements in, or conveyance to, dead hands, or hands that cannot alienate.

⇒ The term was originally applied to conveyance of land made to ecclesiastical bodies; afterward to conveyance made to any corporate body.



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