disinherit

[ dis-in-her-it ]
/ ˌdɪs ɪnˈhɛr ɪt /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. disinflate,
  2. disinflation,
  3. disinform,
  4. disinformation,
  5. disingenuous,
  6. disinhibition,
  7. disinhume,
  8. disinsertion,
  9. disintegrate,
  10. disintegration

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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British Dictionary definitions for disinheritance

disinherit

/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈhɛrɪt) /

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 disinheritance

disinherit

v.

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

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