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[dis-in-her-it] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈhɛr ɪt/
verb (used with object)
Law. to exclude from inheritance (an heir or a next of kin).
to deprive of a heritage, country, right, privilege, etc.:
the disinherited peoples of the earth.
Origin of disinherit
First recorded in 1525-35; dis-1 + inherit
Related forms
disinheritance, noun
undisinherited, adjective Unabridged
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  • Raoul is surprised to see him, but at once renews his oath to disinherit all of Berniers family—his father and uncles.

  • She did not assist to depose him till he had conspired to disinherit her.

  • What did you do to grandpa Rouget, to your father, that he should drive you away and disinherit you?

    The Two Brothers Honore de Balzac
  • And now you come and say: 'Engage yourself to him—and I'll disinherit him at once.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • We have been in perpetual peace till now, that thou come to disinherit us.

  • A father had taken offence at his son, and threatened to disinherit him.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • When finally he threatened to disinherit the young man, Francis cheerfully agreed to surrender all right to his inheritance.

  • And as for the money and all that, if you disinherit her, or—or whatever it is they do—we don't care.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • That he should threaten to disinherit his daughter if she married contrary to his wishes was to be expected.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for disinherit


verb (transitive)
(law) to deprive (an heir or next of kin) of inheritance or right to inherit
to deprive of a right or heritage
Derived Forms
disinheritance, noun
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Word Origin and History for disinherit

mid-15c., from dis- "not" + inherit. Related: Disinherited; disinheriting. Replaced earlier desherit (c.1300), from Old French desheriter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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