Mesne process
Mesne Mesne, a. [Cf. {Mean} intermediate.] (Law) Middle; intervening; as, a mesne lord, that is, a lord who holds land of a superior, but grants a part of it to another person, in which case he is a tenant to the superior, but lord or superior to the second grantee, and hence is called the mesne lord. [1913 Webster]

{Mesne process}, intermediate process; process intervening between the beginning and end of a suit, sometimes understood to be the whole process preceding the execution. --Blackstone. --Burrill.

{Mesne profits}, profits of premises during the time the owner has been wrongfully kept out of the possession of his estate. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Mesne process — Process Proc ess, n. [F. proc[ e]s, L. processus. See {Proceed}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of proceeding; continued forward movement; procedure; progress; advance. Long process of time. Milton. [1913 Webster] The thoughts of men are widened with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mesne process — / mēn / n [mesne intermediate, intervening, from Anglo French, alteration of Old French meien middle, from Latin medianus, from medius middle]: process (as a writ) issued in the course of a proceeding Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • mesne process — Process issued between the beginning of a suit and final judgment, especially process in invoking a provisional remedy, such as attachment or civil arrest …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • mesne process — /ˈmin proʊsɛs/ (say meen prohses) noun Law an intervening process in the progress of a suit or action between its beginning and end …   Australian English dictionary

  • mesne process — noun : all process issued after the commencement by original writ or any modern substitute therefor and before the termination of a lawsuit by a writ of execution …   Useful english dictionary

  • arrest on mesne process — Provisional relief by an attachment of the person of the defendant in a civil action …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Mesne — Mesne, a. [Cf. {Mean} intermediate.] (Law) Middle; intervening; as, a mesne lord, that is, a lord who holds land of a superior, but grants a part of it to another person, in which case he is a tenant to the superior, but lord or superior to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mesne profits — Mesne Mesne, a. [Cf. {Mean} intermediate.] (Law) Middle; intervening; as, a mesne lord, that is, a lord who holds land of a superior, but grants a part of it to another person, in which case he is a tenant to the superior, but lord or superior to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mesne — (an Anglo French legal form of the O. Fr. meien, mod. moyen, mean, Med. Lat. medianus, in the middle, cf. mean ), middle or intermediate, an adjective used in several legal phrases. A mesne lord is a landlord who has tenants holding under him,… …   Wikipedia

  • mesne — I adjective coming between, interfering, interjacent, intermediary, intermediate, intervenient, intervening, mean, median, middle, transitional associated concepts: mesne attachment, mesne grant, mesne process, mesne profits II index intermediate …   Law dictionary

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