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  • n  real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
  • n  the oppressive influence of past events or decisions

  • We have often wished for some statute akin to mortmain to remove the dead hand of tradition from the domain of ideas.
  • What's wrong with the Democratic party is its slightly sinister orthodoxy, the mortmain of the liberal apparat.

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