Definition of DOMINIUM UTILE in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DOMINIUM UTILE

In the civil law. Equitable or praetorian ownership; that which was founded on equity. Mackeld. Rom. Law, § 327, note. In later law. Use without property, the right of a tenant. Tayl. Civil Law, 478. In feudal law. Useful or beneficial ownership; the usufruct, or right to the use and profits of the soil, as distinguished from the dominium directum (q. v.) or ownership of the soil itself; the right of a vassal or tenant. 2 Bl.Comm. 105.

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