life interest

  1. interest on property that is payable during the owner's lifetime but cannot be passed on to another or others after the owner's death.

Words Nearby life interest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use life interest in a sentence

  • “She might raise something on the legacy from old Vanderstein, in which his widow has a life interest,” suggested the baronet.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels | Mrs. Charles Bryce
  • He would quarrel perseveringly with his father, who only had a life interest in the estate.

    The Way We Live Now | Anthony Trollope
  • Indeed, the more intellectual people are, the more the homely things of life interest them.

    Conversation | Mary Greer Conklin
  • I would give life-interest in rotten house property short shrift by burning the festering places.

    London's Underworld | Thomas Holmes
  • Let me state, then, in the fewest possible words, that Rachel Verinder had nothing but a life-interest in the property.

    The Moonstone | Wilkie Collins

British Dictionary definitions for life interest

life interest

  1. interest (esp from property) that is payable to a person during his life but ceases with his death

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