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 formsdis·in·her·i·tance, nounun·dis·in·her·it·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for disinherit

Contemporary Examples of disinherit

  • The attorney suggested Bettencourt might try to disinherit her daughter for “ingratitude.”

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    Inside the L'Oreal Family Feud

    Eric Pape

    December 12, 2009

Historical Examples of disinherit

  • 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.


    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.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I'd ha' married the girl in earnest, but for your threats to disinherit me.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for disinherit


verb (tr)

law to deprive (an heir or next of kin) of inheritance or right to inherit
to deprive of a right or heritage
Derived Formsdisinheritance, 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.

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