Legal Definition and Related Resources of Disseisin

Meaning of Disseisin

The wrongful putting out of one who is actually seised of a freehold . The act of Wrongfully depriving a person of the seisin of land, rents or other hereditaments. In the case of land, the disseised person has both a right of entry and a right of action .

Disseisin Alternative Definition

A privation of seisin; a usurpation of the right of seisin and possession, and an exercise of such powers and privileges of ownership as to keep out or displace him to whom these rightfully belonff 2 Washb. Real Prop. 283. The act of divesting the owner of his seisin and possession of the land, and substituting in its place the ownership and possession of the disseisor. The change in the meaning of the word, and the distinction between it and “deforcement,” stated. 9 Cow. (N. Y.) 530, S52. An actual and wrongful expulsion from a freehold. Dispossession may be by right or wrong. 6 Johns. (N. Y.) 197. And see 8 Barb. (N. Y.) 189, 194.

Synonyms of Disseisin


  • arrogation
  • assuming ownership
  • attachment
  • capture
  • commandeering
  • compulsory acquisition
  • confiscation
  • deprivation
  • deprivation of possession
  • disendowment
  • displacement of rightful owner
  • dispossession
  • distraint
  • distress
  • divestment
  • exclusion of entitled owner
  • expropriation
  • forcible seizure
  • foreclosure
  • impropriation
  • ouster
  • prehension
  • privation of seisin
  • seizure
  • sequestration
  • takeover
  • taking
  • taking possession
  • taking without compensation
  • wrongful dispossession
  • Associated Concepts: adverse possession
  • disseisin by election

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

Ouster or deprivation of a freehold. A wrongful putting of him out of that is seised of a freehold, – is in actual possession. 3 Bl. Com. 169. Where one man invades the possession of another, and by force or surprise turns him out of the occupation of lands: being a deprivation of that actual seisin, or corporal freehold of the lands, which the tenant before enjoyed. 2 Bl. Com 195; 5 Conn. 257, 518; 58 Ill. 589; 56 Me. 268; 2 Wend. 166.

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

Concept of Disseisin in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Disseisin: A wrongful dispossession of someone seised (in rightful possession) of real property.

Concept of Disseisin in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Disseisin: A wrongful dispossession of someone seised (in rightful possession) of real property.


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