- interest on property that is payable during the owner's lifetime but cannot be passed on to another or others after his or her death.
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Examples from the Web for life interest
To his elder son he left only a life-interest in Ballawhaine.The Manxman
His life-interest in it would be worth ten or twelve years' purchase.
The widow received a life-interest only in a portion of the testator's property.No Name
"I now possess what is called a life-interest in my husband's fortune," she said.Little Novels
Even though the estate might be entailed so as to give him no more than a life-interest, still money might be raised on it.
- interest (esp from property) that is payable to a person during his life but ceases with his death
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