Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To fail to pass on (an item of property) by will because of ademption.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In law, to revoke (a legacy), either by implication, as by a different disposition of the bequest during the life of the testator, or
  • by satisfaction of the legacy in advance, as by delivery of the thing bequeathed, or its equivalent, to the legatee during the lifetime of the bequeather.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Law) To revoke, as a legacy, grant, etc., or to satisfy it by some other gift.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb law To revoke, as a legacy, grant, etc., or to satisfy it by some other gift.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin adimō ("take away"), from ad ("to, towards, at") + emō ("buy; acquire, take").

Examples

  • All letters written to his Imperial Majesty, are begun with the praise of God, and with the acknowledgment, (in opposition to idolatry,) that there is neither beginning nor power but what proceeds from God, the eternal God, (_La hule û la kûa ela billa, Allah el adeem_.) 384

    An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa

  • On the way back, I took what is known as the 'Old Road to Saida (tari 'saida al-adeem)'.

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  • To cancel a bequest by destruction of the object. (from Phrontistery)

    May 22, 2008