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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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Examples from the Web for disinheritance
Historical Examples
  • Charles must accept his father's decision on pain of disinheritance.

    Charles the Bold Ruth Putnam
  • He knew of her uncle's objection to their union, and his threat of disinheritance.

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • Her father entreated and, under threat of disinheritance, commanded her to marry again.

    Old Quebec Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
  • No means by which his own daughter might be saved from disinheritance?

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Won't your leaving home give your step-mother and Peter the inside track, and lead, perhaps, to your disinheritance?

    Driven From Home Horatio Alger
  • The note of permanency in the chronic rite of disinheritance was startling.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • As Everard's particular chum, she took his disinheritance more hardly than Dulcie.

  • Pray listen to my prayer, and put a stop to this act of disinheritance.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • As for her, when she heard that the act of disinheritance was not to be drawn up, her tears were changed to tears of joy.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • May never a child be born to me to cause his disinheritance!

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
British Dictionary definitions for disinheritance


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 disinheritance



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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