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noun Law.
  1. seizin.
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or sei·sin

noun Law.
  1. (originally) possession of either land or chattel.
  2. the kind of possession or right to possession characteristic of estates of freehold.
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Origin of seizin

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French saisine, equivalent to sais(ir) to seize + -ine -ine2
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Historical Examples of seisin

  • There were six men who expected rewards, but the wherewithal was held in seisin by other six.

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  • Was perfected the sealing, livery, and seisin of my purchase of Sayes Court.

  • The English seneschal surrendered the six castles and the seisin of the land.

  • Judgment: let Matilda have her seisin and let Clement be in mercy for disseisin.

  • The change of the heriot to the relief implies a suspension of ownership, and carries with it the custom of "livery of seisin."

British Dictionary definitions for seisin


US seizin

  1. property law feudal possession of an estate in land
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Word Origin for seisin

C13: from Old French seisine, from seisir to seize
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