Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Long leases or mortgages so arranged as to protect the title of the owner.—Bouvier Law Dictionary.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. Terms, (usually mortgages,) for a long period of years, which are created or kept outstanding for the purpose of attending or waiting upon and protecting the inheritance. 1 Steph. Comm. 351. A phrase used in conveyancing to denote estates which are kept alive, after the obj'ects for which they were originally created have ceased, so that they might be deemed merged or satisfied, for the purpose of protecting or strengthening the title of the owner. Abbott.