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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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Examples from the Web for disinheritance
Historical Examples
  • There was no threat of disinheritance, for there was nothing for him to inherit.

  • His uncle had threatened him, after making a will in his favour, with disinheritance.

  • He knew of her uncle's objection to their union, and his threat of disinheritance.

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • From what quarter do you suppose these rumors of Floyd's disinheritance arose?

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • No means by which his own daughter might be saved from disinheritance?

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Charles must accept his father's decision on pain of disinheritance.

    Charles the Bold Ruth Putnam
  • The note of permanency in the chronic rite of disinheritance was startling.


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  • Pray listen to my prayer, and put a stop to this act of disinheritance.

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  • May never a child be born to me to cause his disinheritance!

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
  • He had elicited proof to his own mind of Robert's innocence and legal evidence of Harry's disinheritance under the will.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
British Dictionary definitions for disinheritance


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 disinheritance



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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