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n. the act of disinheriting. (See: disinherit)

DISINHERITANCE. The act by which a person deprives his heir of an inheritance, who, without such act, would inherit.
     2. By the common law, any one may give his estate to a stranger, and thereby disinherit his heir apparent. Coop. Justin. 495. 7 East, Rep. 106.

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The essay examines how, in order to challenge the spatial disinheritance of women, Hartigan makes use of different strategies to stage statements of female resistance.
273) Spousal disinheritance is thus impossible even if expressly stated in the will.
The case law is extant, in both the common law and equity courts, and particularly in the Star Chamber before 1641 where women often brought cases where they tried to recover uses which had been undone to their disinheritance.
Johnson attributed William's disinheritance of his son to Thomas's participation in the Sack of Rome (although Marvell renders William and Isabel's marriage as an allegory of the English Reformation, William was Catholic).
Fatima, the dispossessed from her rights, the first one at the head of a long and interminable procession of daughters whose disinheritance by fact [as opposed to by law] was often practiced by brothers, uncles, even sons - a practice that was attempting to institute itself [as legitimate] in order slowly to block/hold back [endiguer, to dam up] Islam's unbearable feminist revolution during this the seventh century of the Christian era.
For Charles Etienne, slavery's legacy is a double disinheritance, since his grandfather Sutpen's racially motivated repudiation of Eulalia Bon is reiterated in Charles Bon's own willingness to reject Charles Etienne's octoroon mother in order to marry Judith Sutpen.
What is important for present purposes is that the American rule, by allowing liberal disinheritance of children, creates the type of plaintiff who is most prone to bring these actions.
Among its surviving demotic descendants is the pantomime story of Dick Whittington, which also contains the themes of disinheritance, advantageous marriage (Dick's father-in-law now bears the Fitzwarren name) and of course foreign travel.
In some cases, disinheritance of a child with a disability might be another planning alternative.
The forebears who most stirred his imagination came from the Scottish Highlands, which became for him a place of disinheritance and a spiritual home.
Soon after John Dashwood delivers his outrageous speeches on Edward's disinheritance, for instance, "Marianne's indignation burst forth as soon as he quitted the room; and as her vehemence made reserve impossible in Elinor, and unnecessary in Mrs.
Therefore, the possibility of dispossession is a threat to gender identity, the loss of "proper" authority, the emasculating effect of disinheritance and hysteria.