Seizin

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Seizin (Law) Possession; possession of an estate of froehold. It may be either in deed or in law; the former when there is actual possession, the latter when there is a right to such possession by construction of law. In some of the United States seizin means merely ownership.
    • Seizin The act of taking possession.
    • Seizin The thing possessed; property.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n seizin In law: Originally, the completion of the ceremony of feudal investiture, by which the tenant was admitted into his freehold.
    • n seizin Hence— Possession as of freehold—that is, the possession which a freeholder could assert and maintain by appeal to law.
    • n seizin Possession of land actual or constructive under rightful title. Seizin is either seizin in fact (or in deed), actual occupation of the land either by the freeholder himself or by some one claiming under him, or seizin in law, the constructive seizin which arises when a person acquires the title and there is no adverse possession; thus, one taking a deed of vacant lands is seized in law before he takes possession.
    • n seizin The thing possessed.
    • n seizin (e ) Ownership and possession of chattels.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Seizin sē′zin the taking possession of an estate as of freehold: the thing possessed—the same as Sasine (q.v.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. saisine,. See Seize

Usage

In literature:

I go to take seizin of the grandest dominion on the curve of the globe.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
Th' bailiffs dhrove out in squads, seizin' cattle an' turnin' people into th' r-road.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
A lawful seizin of land is presumed to continue.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
Of freeholds only can a seizin be had, or a disseizin done.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
See you not that I have taken seizin of this land with my hands, and all that it contains is our own?
"Danes, Saxons and Normans" by John G. Edgar
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