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Related to seisin: disseisin, feoffment, Livery of seisin


also sei·zin  (sē′zĭn)
1. Legal possession of land, as a freehold estate.
a. The act or an instance of taking legal possession of land.
b. Property thus possessed.

[Middle English seisine, from Old French saisine, from seisir, to seize; see seize.]


(ˈsiːzɪn) or


(Law) property law feudal possession of an estate in land
[C13: from Old French seisine, from seisir to seize]


or sei•zin

(ˈsi zɪn)

1. possession or right to possession of an estate of freehold.
2. possession of either land or chattel.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French saisine=sais(ir) to seize + -ine -ine3]

seizin, seisin

1. possession of a freehold estate.
2. the estate so possessed.
See also: Property and Ownership
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Clark v Smith, 38 US (13 Pet) 195, 10 L Ed 123 (1839) (lands in which Indians have a right of occupancy will be encumbered by that right until it is legally extinguished); Cherokee Nation, supra note 39 ("Indians have rights of occupancy to their lands as sacred as the fee-simple, absolute title of the whites" at 48); Johnson, supra note 21 (through the Revolutionary War and the ensuing treaties, the United States earned the exclusive right to extinguish the Indians' title to the land at issue); Fletcher v Peek, 10 US (6 Cranch) 87, 3 L Ed 162 (1810) [cited to US] ("the nature of Indian title, which is certainly to be respected by all courts, until it be legitimately extinguished, is not such as to be absolutely repugnant to a seisin in fee on the part of the state" at 14243).
In a successful action of novel disseisin, "the sheriff would restore the plaintiff to seisin in the presence and 'by view of the jurors," who "would point out exactly what properties they had awarded to the plaintiff.
30) In the common law, ownership historically grew out of the robust protection of possession-like seisin, and even today, possession gives a presumption of ownership.
e] 10 'and seisin of the said land with the' 20) of annual rent of [y.
24) Affirming the damages judgment, the court in Hillsboro Cove, like the court in Beaullieu, appears to have premised its analysis on a case interpreting the covenant of seisin (the common law warranty from a seller to a buyer that "the grantor has the very estate in quantity and quality which he purports to convey").
livery of seisin pantomime (81) to the mysteries of instantaneous
abolishing livery of seisin and requiring written formalities for
10) The wife, by contrast, could neither contract, nor appear in court, nor have seisin of land except through her husband.