Disinherit
Disinherit Dis`in*her"it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disinherited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disinheriting}.] [Cf. {Disherit}, {Disheir}.] 1. To cut off from an inheritance or from hereditary succession; to prevent, as an heir, from coming into possession of any property or right, which, by law or custom, would devolve on him in the course of descent. [1913 Webster]

Of how fair a portion Adam disinherited his whole posterity! --South. [1913 Webster]

2. To deprive of heritage; to dispossess. [1913 Webster]

And disinherit Chaos, that reigns here. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • disinherit — dis·in·her·it /ˌdis ən her ət/ vt: to prevent deliberately from inheriting something (as by making a will) see also elective share dis·in·her·i·tance / her ə təns/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1 …   Law dictionary

  • disinherit — mid 15c., from DIS (Cf. dis ) not + INHERIT (Cf. inherit). Related: Disinherited; disinheriting. Replaced earlier desherit (c.1300), from O.Fr. desheriter …   Etymology dictionary

  • disinherit — [v] cut off in will of bequeathal bereave, cut off without a cent*, deprive, disaffiliate, disown, dispossess, divest, evict, exclude, exheridate, neglect, oust, repudiate, rob; concepts 25,317 Ant. bequeath, give …   New thesaurus

  • disinherit — ► VERB (disinherited, disinheriting) ▪ dispossess of or bar from an inheritance. DERIVATIVES disinheritance noun …   English terms dictionary

  • disinherit — [dis΄in her′it] vt. [altered (after INHERIT) < earlier disherit] 1. to deprive (esp. an heir) of an inheritance or the right to inherit 2. to deprive of any right or established privilege disinheritance n …   English World dictionary

  • disinherit — [[t]dɪ̱sɪnhe̱rɪt[/t]] disinherits, disinheriting, disinherited VERB If you disinherit someone such as your son or daughter, you arrange that they will not become the owner of your money and property after your death, usually because they have… …   English dictionary

  • disinherit — UK [ˌdɪsɪnˈherɪt] / US verb [transitive, often passive] Word forms disinherit : present tense I/you/we/they disinherit he/she/it disinherits present participle disinheriting past tense disinherited past participle disinherited to make legal… …   English dictionary

  • disinherit — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century 1. to prevent deliberately from inheriting something (as by making a will) 2. to deprive of natural or human rights or of previously held special privileges • disinheritance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • disinherit — disinheritance, n. /dis in her it/, v.t. 1. Law. to exclude from inheritance (an heir or a next of kin). 2. to deprive of a heritage, country, right, privilege, etc.: the disinherited peoples of the earth. [1525 35; DIS 1 + INHERIT] * * * …   Universalium

  • disinherit — verb To exclude from inheritance; to disown. See Also: disinheritance …   Wiktionary

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