seisin

noun

sei·​sin ˈsē-zᵊn How to pronounce seisin (audio)
variants or seizin
1
: the possession of land or chattels
2
: the possession of a freehold estate in land by one having title thereto

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seisin was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Seisin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seisin. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

seisin

noun
sei·​sin
variants or seizin
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
Etymology

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

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