American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Legal possession of land, as a freehold estate.
- n. The act or an instance of taking legal possession of land.
- n. Property thus possessed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See seizin.
- n. law, historical A feudal term for an entitlement to a freehold estate with a right to immediate possession; still used in technical discussions of real property law today.
- n. obsolete The act of taking possession.
- n. obsolete The thing possessed; property.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See seizin.
- Middle English seysen, from Old French seisin, from the verb seisir, from Vulgar Latin *saciō, from the same Proto-Indo-European root as Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌽 (satjan) and Old English settan. More at seize. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English seisine, from Old French saisine, from seisir, to seize; see seize. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The disabilities under which a feudal owner very frequently lay gave rise to the practice of conveying land by other methods than that of feoffment with livery of seisin, that is, a handing over of the feudal possession.”
“Little groups were trickling in all the time to swear fealty to their new king, and they were using an ancient ritual they referred to as "seisin," a ritual probably as old as the earth-taking ritual.”
“Well, you have taken seisin of my life between you.”
“Sometimes livery of seisin, an old English form of symbolic delivery, was used, particularly in the 17th century.”
“Middleton and Sarah Dehon of Charlestown had executed “deeds of feoffment, with livery of seisin,” in 1836, instead of using more streamlined forms.15 In the rest of the country, the enormous demand meant that land documents had to become simple and standard.”
“When I took first-year property law I learned about livery of seisin.”
“Judgment: let Matilda have her seisin and let Clement be in mercy for disseisin.”
“If seisin corporeal, user immemorial, and prescription for levance and couchance conferred any title indefeasible, then were the rabbits the owners in fee-simple, absolute, paramount, and source of pedigree.”
“Doone, as if to some inheritance; and took his seisin of right upon him, being himself a powerful man; and begged a word aside with him.”
“Fitz – Pains died out; and though he liked the idea of it, he had gone abroad, without taking seisin.”
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