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disinherit

[dis-in-her-it]
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verb (used with object)
  1. Law. to exclude from inheritance (an heir or a next of kin).
  2. to deprive of a heritage, country, right, privilege, etc.: the disinherited peoples of the earth.
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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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Related Words

oustbereaverepudiaterobdeprivedispossessexcludedivestdisownneglectevictdisaffiliate

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  • 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.

    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

disinherit

verb (tr)
  1. law to deprive (an heir or next of kin) of inheritance or right to inherit
  2. to deprive of a right or heritage
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Derived Formsdisinheritance, noun
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Word Origin and History for disinherit

v.

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

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