- to contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing principles or ideas: to devise a method.
- Law. to assign or transmit (property) by will.
- Archaic. to imagine; suppose.
- to form a plan; contrive.
- the act of disposing of property, especially real property, by will.
- a will or clause in a will disposing of property, especially real property.
- the property so disposed of.
Origin of devise
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Examples from the Web for self-devised
Man is a creature who has free will, and it is by self-devised and self-checked efforts he will attain his full human stature.National Being
(A.E.)George William Russell
There is no uncertainty when God makes a way for us; but every self-devised path must prove a path of doubt and hesitation.Notes on the book of Exodus
C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
They have merely reared a system of self-devised doctrine and idolatry, which they still defend.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
But if your mixtures and self-devised snares are grievous to you, blame not God, but yourselves that made them.
So among the papists there are, besides the common ones, as many sorts of hypocrites as they have self-devised orders.
- to work out, contrive, or plan (something) in one's mind
- (tr) law to dispose of (property, esp real property) by will
- (tr) obsolete to imagine or guess
Word Origin and History for self-devised
early 13c., "to form, fashion;" c.1300, "to plan, contrive," from Old French deviser "dispose in portions, arrange, plan, contrive" (in modern French, "to chat, gossip"), from Vulgar Latin *divisare, frequentative of Latin dividere "to divide" (see divide). Modern sense is from "to arrange a division" (especially via a will), a meaning present in the Old French word. Related: Devised; devising.