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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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Examples from the Web for seizin

Historical Examples

  • Th' bailiffs dhrove out in squads, seizin' cattle an' turnin' people into th' r-road.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War

    Finley Peter Dunne

  • There were some formal rites attending the transfer of the land and the ancient "livery of seizin" ceremony was duly enacted.

    Legends of Loudoun

    Harrison Williams

  • This is of more value than a score of prisoners, although there's far less satisfaction in seizin' it.

  • This was the transferring of land under the old ceremony of the livery of seizin, a feudal ceremony.

    The Historical Child

    Oscar Chrisman