mortuum vadium


mor·​tu·​um va·​di·​um
: a mortgage agreement in early English law that gave possession of the mortgaged land and the use of its rents and profits to the mortgagee until such time as the mortgage was paid compare vivum vadium

Word History


Medieval Latin, literally, dead pledge

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“Mortuum vadium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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