In the civil law. He who lends to another a tiling 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, Bailm.
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