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
Related formsdis·in·her·i·tance, nounun·dis·in·her·it·ed, adjective
First recorded in 1525–35; dis-1
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Examples from the Web for disinheritance
Historical Examples of disinheritance
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.
From what quarter do you suppose these rumors of Floyd's disinheritance arose?
No means by which his own daughter might be saved from disinheritance?
British Dictionary definitions for disinheritance
Derived Formsdisinheritance, noun
law to deprive (an heir or next of kin) of inheritance or right to inherit
to deprive of a right or heritage
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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.
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