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usu·​fruc·​tu·​ary ˌyü-zə-ˈfrək-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce usufructuary (audio)
: one having the usufruct of property
: one having the use or enjoyment of something


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: of, relating to, or having the character of a usufruct

Examples of usufructuary in a Sentence

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Courts have deemed that irrigators have a usufructuary right — a type of property right that allows use of something in the public domain — to the top six feet of water in the lake. Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 Those findings should reference the canons of construction that apply to Indian treaties and whether the Indians understood these treaties as guaranteeing usufructuary rights. Jennifer Kraus, Twin Cities, 22 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of usufructuary was circa 1618

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Cite this Entry

“Usufructuary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition


1 of 2 noun
usu·​fruc·​tu·​ary ˌyü-zə-ˈfrək-chə-ˌwer-ē, -sə- How to pronounce usufructuary (audio)
plural usufructuaries
: one who has a usufruct in property
the right of usufruct expires upon the death of the usufructuaryLouisiana Civil Code
compare naked owner at owner


2 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or having the character of a usufruct
a usufructuary right
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