sei·​sin | \ ˈsē-zᵊn How to pronounce seisin (audio) \
variants: or seizin

Definition of seisin

1 : the possession of land or chattels
2 : the possession of a freehold estate in land by one having title thereto

First Known Use of seisin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seisin

Middle English seisine, from Anglo-French, from seisir to seize — more at seize

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“Seisin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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variants: or seizin \ ˈsēz-​ᵊn How to pronounce seizin (audio) \

Legal Definition of seisin

1 : the possession of land or chattels: as
a : the possession of land arising from livery of seisin — see also livery of seisin
b : the possession of a freehold estate in land by one having title thereto
2 : the right to immediate possession of an estate or to immediate succession seisin of an heir upon death of the testator

History and Etymology for seisin

Anglo-French seisine, from Old French saisine act of taking possession, from saisir to seize, of Germanic origin

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