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

    A chattel loaned gratuitously; the loan itself.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civll law. He who lends to another a thing for a definite time, to be enjoyed and used-under certain conditions, without any pay or reward, is called "commodans;" the person who receives the thing is called "commodatarius," and the contract is called "commodatum." It differs from locatio and conductio, in this: that the use of the thing is gratuitous. Dig. 13, 6; Inst. 3, 2, 14; Story, Ballm. § 221. Coggs v. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raym. 909; Adams v. Mortgage Co., 82 Miss. 263, 34 South. 482, 17 L. R. A. (N. S.) 138, 100 Am. St. Rep. 633; World's Columbian Exposition Ch v. Repub-llc of Franca 96 Fed. 693, 38 C. C. A. 483.