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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Demise

Meaning of Demise

conveyance or transfer of an estate either in fee, for life or for years. See Gilmore v Hamilton, 83 Ind. 196.The term denotes something more than the mere letting or a lease . It embraces a fee, importing an agreement between the landlord and the tenant of implied covenants on the part of the lessor of good right and title to make the lease and an implied covenant of quiet enjoyment . See Mershon v Williams, 44 A. 211, 63 N.J.L. 398. : Throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the fabric of; to pull to pieces. Gar- liner v Glicken, 196 N. Y.S.2d 784, 23 Misc.2d 170.

Demise Alternative Definition

(1) A conveyance, either in fee for life or for years. A lease or conveyance for a term of years. According to Chief Justice Gibson, the term strictly denotes a postliumous grant, and no more. 5 Whart. (Pa.) 278. See 4 Bing. N. C. 678; 2 Bouv. Inst, note 1774 et seq.
(2) A term nearly synonymous with “death,” appropriated in England especially to denote the decease of the king or queen.

Synonyms of Demise

(Conveyance), noun

  • abalienation
  • alienation
  • bequeathal
  • cession
  • conferment
  • conferral
  • conveyancing
  • deeding
  • deliverance
  • delivery
  • testamentary disposition
  • transfer
  • transference
  • transmission
  • transmittal

(Death), noun

  • annihilation
  • cessation of life
  • decease
  • departure
  • end of life
  • expiration
  • extinction
  • extinguishment
  • loss of life
  • mortality
  • necrosis
  • passing away


  • award
  • bequeath
  • bestow by will
  • confer by will
  • convey
  • deliver over
  • devise
  • devolve upon
  • endow
  • give by will
  • grant by will
  • hand down
  • leave
  • leave a legacy
  • leave by will
  • make a bequest
  • make a legacy
  • make testamentary disposition
  • pass by will
  • pass down
  • transfer by will
  • transfer ownership
  • transmit
  • will Associated Concepts: demise and grant
  • demise for a term of years
  • demise for life
  • demised premises

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Demise in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

French démettre, to put away, lay down: Latin dismittere, demittere. In a lease for years, creates an implied warranty of title and a covenant for quiet enjoyment.Scott v. Rutherford, 102 U.S. 109 (1875).

Note: This legal definition of Demise in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

English Legal System: Demise

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Demise : (in land law)

1. v. To grant a lease.

2. n.

The lease itself.

Concept of Demise in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Demise: A lease or conveyance for life or years. Loosely used to describe any conveyance, whether in fee, for life, or for years.

Concept of Demise in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Demise: A lease or conveyance for life or years. Loosely used to describe any conveyance, whether in fee, for life, or for years.




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