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[dis-in-her-it] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈhɛr ɪt/
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.
Origin of disinherit
1525-35; dis-1 + inherit
Related forms
disinheritance, noun
undisinherited, adjective Unabridged
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  • Land inheritance patterns can make widows more vulnerable to becoming homeless and similarly disinherit their children.
  • If the barrier of gift tax is taken down, individuals who want to disinherit their spouses will be able to do so much more easily.
  • He was also fully cognizant that the deed would disinherit her.
British Dictionary definitions for disinherit


verb (transitive)
(law) to deprive (an heir or next of kin) of inheritance or right to inherit
to deprive of a right or heritage
Derived Forms
disinheritance, noun
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Word Origin and History for disinherit

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

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