- 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
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Examples from the Web for disinherit
The attorney suggested Bettencourt might try to disinherit her daughter for “ingratitude.”Inside the L'Oreal Family Feud
December 12, 2009
And now you come and say: 'Engage yourself to him—and I'll disinherit him at once.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
A father had taken offence at his son, and threatened to disinherit him.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
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
"Your lordship had threatened to disinherit me if I married her," said Rotherby.
I'd ha' married the girl in earnest, but for your threats to disinherit me.
- law to deprive (an heir or next of kin) of inheritance or right to inherit
- to deprive of a right or heritage
Word Origin and History for disinherit
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper