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Latin. The action arising from the contract of commodate, a contract under which one person gratuitously lent to another a certain subject, the borrower undertaking to return it to the lender when the purpose for which it had been lent was accomplished. This contract gave rise both to the actio directa and contraria, the former being that by which the lender enforced the redelivery of the subject lent, and the latter being the action competent to the borrower for the recovery of any extraordinary expenses required to be outlaid on the preservation of the subject. 

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