seisin

seisin

[see-zin]
noun Law.
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seisin or (US) seizin (ˈsiːzɪn)
 
n
property law feudal possession of an estate in land
 
[C13: from Old French seisine, from seisir to seize]
 
seizin or (US) seizin
 
n
 
[C13: from Old French seisine, from seisir to seize]

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seisin

in English feudal society, a term that came to mean a type of possession that gained credibility with the passage of time. Seisin was not ownership nor was it mere possession that could be established by the seizure of land. Seisin belonged to someone who used the land or exercised rights over it.

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