Definition of disinherit
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
disinheritanceplay \-ˈher-ə-tən(t)s, -ˈhe-rə-\ noun
Examples of disinherit in a Sentence
She threatened to disinherit her son and leave him penniless.
Recent Examples of disinherit from the Web
But upon learning that his uncle had disinherited two of his children for marrying non-Jews, Lieberman got the will revised.
Many states have laws in place protecting a surviving spouse from being disinherited, so your father’s wife could claim up to half of the value of the house, regardless of your father’s will.
Keryn Redstone has asserted that she has been disinherited of $6 million and potentially $1 billion more.
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Origin and Etymology of disinherit
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
DISINHERIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disinherit for English Language Learners
: to prevent (someone, such as your daughter or son) from having the legal right to receive your money or property after you die
DISINHERIT Defined for Kids
Definition of disinherit for Students
: to take away the legal right to receive money or property from at death The millionaire disinherited his son.
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