Definition of disinherit in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When she learns of the secret engagement, she disinherits Edward, making Robert the eldest son.’
    • ‘This argument is misleading and cannot justify selectively disinheriting women.’
    • ‘As a consequence, Nicholas became disinherited by his mother's family.’
    • ‘Because he was poor, she was disinherited and after he died, she ended up here.’
    • ‘Entire nations are condemned to wander as disinherited immigrants, mortal illnesses hover over humanity, and terrorism lurks.’
    • ‘When he found me not interested in the idea of his being my dad, he actually disinherited me.’
    • ‘When she'd decided to marry Arial's father her parents had disinherited her, angry that she hadn't agreed to marry the more suitable man they were pushing her towards.’
    • ‘What if you are disinherited and then cast aside?’
    • ‘Indeed, the final volume centers on Orlando's search for a lost will and his legal challenge to a will that has disinherited his family.’
    • ‘His daughter was disinherited, and what little was left of Lovelace's possessions passed to his godsons.’
    • ‘‘The day you marry my daughter,’ Clarence Mackay allegedly told Berlin, ‘I'll disinherit her.’’
    • ‘It wouldn't matter if she was disinherited for failing to make her husband-to-be sign the papers or for marrying without her family's blessing.’
    • ‘His indignant parents promptly disinherited him, and Joly went to work as a secretary to put him through medical school.’
    • ‘You actually wanted my uncle to disinherit you?’
    • ‘Oh, Adele left me - as I always half expected she would - after Rochester disinherited me.’
    • ‘Second of all, it would be the death nail of your political future and third of all, I will disinherit you.’
    • ‘But Mell had said the Marquise had married a common man, and that she was disinherited for it.’
    • ‘Do you disinherit your kids or do you embrace your kids?’
    • ‘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.’
    cut someone out of one's will, cut off, dispossess, impoverish
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Late Middle English (superseding earlier disherit): from dis- (expressing removal) + inherit in the obsolete sense ‘make someone an heir’.