dis·​seise | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˈsēz How to pronounce disseise (audio) \
variants: or disseize
disseised or disseized; disseising or disseizing

Definition of disseise

transitive verb

: to deprive especially wrongfully of seisin : dispossess

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Other Words from disseise

disseisor \ (ˌ)di(s)-​ˈsē-​zər How to pronounce disseise (audio) \ noun

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Disseise, "seisin" ("the possession of land or chattels"), and "seize" are all 13th-century words derived from the Anglo-French word seisir, meaning "to put in possession of." That’s the original meaning of English "seize" as well. ("Seize" can also be spelled "seise" in that sense.) The Magna Carta (the great charter of liberties, originally written in Medieval Latin and signed in 1215) is perhaps the most frequently quoted use of the word disseise: "No free man shall be … disseised … except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land."

First Known Use of disseise

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disseise

Middle English disseisen, from Anglo-French disseisir, dis- + seisir to put in possession of — more at seize

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“Disseise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disseise. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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transitive verb
variants: or disseize \ dis-​ˈsēz How to pronounce disseise (audio) \
disseised or disseized; disseising or disseizing

Legal Definition of disseise

: to deprive of seisin wrongfully : unjustly dispossess

Other Words from disseise

disseisor \ -​ˈsē-​zər How to pronounce disseise (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for disseise

Anglo-French disseisir to dispossess, from Old French dessaisir, from des-, prefix marking reversal + saisir to put in possession of


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