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seisin

[see-zin]
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noun Law.
  1. seizin.
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seizin

or sei·sin

[see-zin]
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

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

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    Henry J. Coke

  • 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

seisin

US seizin

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

C13: from Old French seisine, from seisir to seize
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