The Closing Word: Usufruct

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This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (YOO-zuh-fruct)

a legal right to use and derive profit from property belonging to someone else provided that the property itself is not injured in any way

From “Usufruct was an aspect of ancient Roman law which stated that citizens could use and even profit from another person’s land or property as long as it wasn’t wasted or destroyed.”

“The owner of the estate granted the neighbors the right of usufruct to grow grapes on the property, provided he received a few free cases of the wine they sold.”

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