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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Seizinnoun

    Etymology: saisine, French.

    Every indulged sin gives Satan livery and seisin of his heart, and a power to dispose of it as he pleases. Decay of Piety.

    Seisin is the same in the canon law as livery and seisin at the common law. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    Many recoveries were had as well by heirs as successors of the seizin of their predecessors. Matthew Hale.


  1. seizin

    Seisin (or seizin) denotes the legal possession of a feudal fiefdom or fee, that is to say an estate in land. It was used in the form of "the son and heir of X has obtained seisin of his inheritance", and thus is effectively a term concerned with conveyancing in the feudal era. The person holding such estate is said to be "seized of it", a phrase which commonly appears in inquisitions post mortem (i.e. "The jurors find that X died seized of the manor of ..."). The monarch alone "held" all the land of England by his allodial right and all his subjects were merely his tenants under various contracts of feudal tenure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seizinnoun

    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

  2. Seizinnoun

    the act of taking possession

  3. Seizinnoun

    the thing possessed; property

  4. Etymology: [F. saisine. See Seize.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Seizin

    Seisin, sē′zin, n. the taking possession of an estate as of freehold: the thing possessed—the same as Sasine (q.v.).—n. Seiz′or, one who takes legal possession.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seizin in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seizin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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