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To voluntarily convey or transfer title to real property by gift, disposition by will or the laws of Descent and Distribution, or by sale.

For example, a seller may alienate property by transferring to a buyer a parcel of the seller's land containing a house, in exchange for cash. The seller is said to have alienated her rights in that parcel, such as the right to modify or even demolish the house on the parcel of land, to the buyer. Those rights now belong to the buyer.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


to transfer the ownership of property or title to another person.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

ALIENATE, aliene, alien. This is a generic term applicable to the various methods of transferring property from one person to another. Lord Coke, says, (1 Inst. 118 b,) alien cometh of the verb alienate, that is, alienum facere vel ex nostro dominio in alienum trawferre sive rem aliquam in dominium alterius transferre. These methods vary, according to the nature of the property to be conveyed and the particular objects the conveyance is designed to accomplish. It has been held, that under a prohibition to alienate, long leases are comprehended. 2 Dow's Rep. 210.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In addition, a hereditary contract in its content provides acquisition of certain rights and obligations during the life of alienator that contradicts to the legal nature of inheritance because acquisition and implementation of the hereditary rights is possible only with the prerequisite--the death of the testator (Zaika, 2007).
Under a hereditary contract purchaser undertakes to fulfill the order of the alienator and in case of his death acquires ownership to his property.
The subject of the hereditary contract is both an acquisition of property of the alienator and acting (works, services) of the acquirer.
In case when both spouses as alienator are not agree with the inclusion of joint property into a hereditary contract or the spouses did not reached agreement on this property, one spouse may judicially establish his or her share in the common property and then enter into a separate hereditary contract.
If at the conclusion of a hereditary contract the conditions of previously concluded marriage contract were violated by the alienator, it is a ground to declare contract invalid.