- (originally) possession of either land or chattel.
- the kind of possession or right to possession characteristic of estates of freehold.
Origin of seizin
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Examples from the Web for seisin
There were six men who expected rewards, but the wherewithal was held in seisin by other six.Tracks of a Rolling Stone
Henry J. Coke
Was perfected the sealing, livery, and seisin of my purchase of Sayes Court.The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)
The English seneschal surrendered the six castles and the seisin of the land.The History of England
Judgment: let Matilda have her seisin and let Clement be in mercy for disseisin.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
The change of the heriot to the relief implies a suspension of ownership, and carries with it the custom of "livery of seisin."
- property law feudal possession of an estate in land
C13: from Old French seisine, from seisir to seize
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