Usufruct

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Usufruct

A temporary legal right to derive profits from property owned by others, given that the property is not damaged. See: Beneficial ownership

Usufruct

The temporary right to use and profit from a property that belongs to another, provided one does not damage the property. For example, a farmer may have usufruct of another person's land. If he grows crops on that land, they belong to the farmer and not the property owner. Only a few jurisdictions in North America recognize usufruct, but it is an important concept in some investment vehicles in Islamic finance.