Share this entry
disinherit Line breaks: dis|in¦herit
Pronunciation: /dɪsɪnˈhɛrɪt/

Definition of disinherit in English:

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'.

Definition of disinherit in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words