disinherit

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verb dis·in·her·it \ ˌdis-in-ˈher-ət , -ˈhe-rət \

Definition of disinherit

transitive verb
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

play \-ˈher-ə-tən(t)s, -ˈhe-rə-\ noun

Examples of disinherit in a Sentence

  1. She threatened to disinherit her son and leave him penniless.

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Origin and Etymology of disinherit

Middle English


DISINHERIT Defined for English Language Learners

disinherit

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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

disinherit

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verb dis·in·her·it \ ˌdi-sᵊn-ˈher-ət \

Definition of disinherit for Students

disinherited; disinheriting
:to take away the legal right to receive money or property from at death
  • The millionaire disinherited his son.

Law Dictionary

disinherit

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transitive verb dis·in·her·it \ ˌdis-ᵊn-ˈher-ət \

legal Definition of disinherit

:to prevent deliberately from inheriting something (as by making a will) — see also elective share

disinheritance

play \-ˈher-ə-təns\ noun


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