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To deprive or take away.

Divest is usually used in reference to the relinquishment of authority, power, property, or title. If, for example, an individual is disinherited, he or she is divested of the right to inherit money. Similarly, an individual may be divested of his or her citizenship for Treason.

Divest is also spelled devest.

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


to take away an estate or interest in property vested in a person. See VESTING.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
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