- intermediate or intervening.
Origin of mesne
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, spelling variant of meen mean3
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Examples from the Web for mesne
And what's he to start with, if there's no mesne profits forthcoming?
The mesne profits you have received and appropriated since Squire Trevlyn's death.Trevlyn Hold
Mrs. Henry Wood
And it's not only what Mr. Aubrey will lose, but what he will be liable to—the mesne profits—sixty thousand pounds.
It is very painful for me to mention the subject, Mr. Aubrey; but have you adverted to the mesne profits?
Resigned to accept position of Register of Mesne Conveyances, a very important office which he held for several years.
- intermediate or intervening: used esp of any assignment of property before the lasta mesne assignment
- mesne profits rents or profits accruing during the rightful owner's exclusion from his land
C15: from legal French meien in the middle, mean ³
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Word Origin and History for mesne
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