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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law Wrongful dispossession of one in the possession of real property.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of disseizing; an unlawful dispossessing and ouster of a person actually seized of the freehold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of disseizing; an unlawful dispossessing and ouster of a person actually seized of the freehold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law: In the most general sense, the wrongful privation of seizin; ouster.
  • n. In old English law, the violent termination of seizin by the actual ouster of the feudal tenant, and the usurpation of his place and relation. It was a notorious and tortious act on the part of the disseizor, by which he put himself in the place of the disseizee, and, in the character of tenant of the freehold, made his appearance at the lord's court. (Kent.) In more modern use it includes silent entry and usurpation of enjoyment, under pretense of right, with or without title.

Etymologies

Middle English disseisine, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French dessaisine : des-, dis- + seisine, seisin; see seisin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French dessaisine. (Wiktionary)

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