Origin of mortmain
Examples from the Web for mortmain
The commons likewise prepared a bill to restrain the disposition of lands in mortmain, whereby they became unalienable.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
"I'm glad you're going to take that thing off again," said Mortmain.
Like a flash it occurred to Mortmain that the solicitor had called to see him about the bankruptcy.
By the law of mortmain religious houses were prohibited from acquiring it.
Perhaps; for he would have no love for the Church even here, and he is obviously hostile to anything in the nature of mortmain.Anarchism|Paul Eltzbacher
British Dictionary definitions for mortmain
Word Origin for mortmain
Word Origin and History for mortmain
"inalienable ownership," mid-15c., from Anglo-French morte mayn, Old French mortemain, literally "dead hand," from Medieval Latin mortua manus; see mortal (adj.) + manual (adj.). Probably a metaphorical expression.