Definition of disinherit in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsɪnˈhɛrɪt/

verb (disinherits, disinheriting, disinherited)

[with object]
Change one’s will or take other steps to prevent (someone) from inheriting one’s property: the Duke is seeking to disinherit his eldest son
More example sentences
  • Soon he's disinherited, cast out of his ancestral home and off to live in seclusion in a Paris warehouse, where he prepares drafts of his next book while his feral sister attends to his needs.
  • By making a will containing such provisions as you see fit and ensuring your estate consists of heritable property only, you can disinherit your children.
  • What if you are disinherited and then cast aside?
cut someone out of one's will, cut off, dispossess, impoverish;
disown, repudiate, renounce, reject, oust, cast off, cast aside, wash one's hands of, have nothing more to do with, turn one's back on
informal cut off without a penny



Pronunciation: /dɪsɪnˈhɛrɪt(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • Our minds are constantly troubled by the possibility of discovery, blackmail, disinheritance and murder.
  • She may or may not have been instrumental in the disinheritance.
  • Lionel's inheritance also disappears; after separation, hardship, estrangement, and disinheritance, the Tarrants are happily reconciled, but live separately in London.


Late Middle English (superseding earlier disherit): from dis- (expressing removal) + inherit in the obsolete sense 'make someone an heir'.

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