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mesne (meen) adjective

Intermediate; intervening.

[From Anglo-French, a variant of meen, from meien, from Latin medianus, from medius (middle). Other words derived from the same root are median, medieval, mediate, medium, intermediate, and mediocre.]

"In any case if the titles are in your favour, you can file the suit for recovery of the licensed premises from the licensee in Civil Court and also you can claim mesne profit from the date of termination of license." Divyakanth Mehta; Co-owners Can Give Premises to Family; The Economic Times (New Delhi, India); Aug 10, 2003.

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