Legal Definition and Related Resources of Mesne

Meaning of Mesne

Middle, intervening, intermediate, mean.

Mesne Alternative Definition

Intermediate; the middle between two extremes; that part between the commencement and the end, as it relates to time. In England, the word “mesne” also applies to a dignity; those persons who hold lordships or manors of some superior, who is called “lord paramount,” and grant the same to inferior persons, are called “mesne lords.”

Synonyms of Mesne


  • coming between
  • interfering
  • interjacent
  • intermediary
  • intermediate
  • intervenient
  • intervening
  • mean
  • median
  • middle
  • transitional
  • Associated Concepts: mesne attachment
  • mesne grant
  • mesne process
  • mesne profits

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Concept of Mesne in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Mesne: Intermediate, intervening.

Concept of Mesne in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Mesne: Intermediate, intervening.

Concept of “Mesne”

Traditional meaning of mesne in the French law history (with some legal use in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in French) Middle; mean. An intermediate lord standing between the chief lord and the tenant paravail. A writ of mesne in the nature of a writ of right lay for the tenant paravail against the mesne lord who suffered the tenant to be distrained for rent or services due from the mesne lord to the lord paramount. Mesne process: see PROCESS. Mesne profits: intermediate profits; profits while the land was occupied by a person having no right, or before a writ of ejectment was brought; see Robinson’s Elementary Law Rev. ed.; §§ 254, 322.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Mesne”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

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