de·vise 1 /di-'vīz/ vt de·vised, de·vis·ing [Anglo-French deviser to divide, share, bequeath, ultimately from Latin dividere to divide]: to give (property) by will; specif: to give (real property) by will compare alienate, bequeath, convey
de·vis·able adj
de·vi·sor /ˌde-və-'zȯr; di-'vī-ˌzȯr, -zər/ n
devise 2 n
1: a gift of property made in a will; specif: a gift of real property made in a will see also abate, ademption compare distribution
◇ Formerly devise was used to refer only to gifts of real property, and legacy and bequest were used only to refer to gifts of personal property. These distinctions are no longer closely followed. The Uniform Probate Code uses devise to refer to any gifts made in a will.
executory devise: a devise of an interest in land that will vest in the future upon the occurrence of a contingency and that can follow a fee simple estate
◇ Executory devises were invented as a way of getting around the rule in Shelley's case, which is now largely abolished.
general devise: a devise that is to be distributed from the general assets of an estate and that is not of a particular thing
re·sid·u·ary devise /ri-'zi-jə-ˌwer-ē-/: a devise of whatever is left in an estate after all other debts and devises have been paid or distributed
spe·cif·ic devise: a devise of a particular item or part of an estate that is payable only from a specified source in the estate and not from the general assets
2: a clause in a will disposing of property and esp. real property
3: property disposed of by a will

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (give) verb allot, assign, bequeath, bestow, confer, convey, endow, give, give and bequeath, give away, give by will, grant, leave, leave by will, make a bequest, make testamentary dispositions, transfer, transmit, transmit by will, will and bequeath, will to associated concepts: absolute devise, alienation, bequest, conveyance, demonstrative devise, executory devise, general devise, legacy, testamentary disposition foreign phrases:
- Nemo plus commodi haeredl suo relinguit quam ipse habuit. — No one leaves a greater benefit to his heir than he had himself
- Da tua dum tua sunt, post mortem tunc tua non sunt — Give that which is yours while it is yours; after death it is not yours
- Quando aliquis aliquid concedit, concedere videtur et id sine quo res unon potest. — When anyone grants anything, he is deemed to grant also that without which the thing granted cannot be used
II (invent) verb arrange, calculate, compose, conceive, construct, contrive, create, design, draw up, engineer, erect, evolve, excogitare, fabricate, fashion, find a way, form, formulate, frame, have an idea, imagine, improvise, invenire, lay down a plan, lay out, make a plan, make arrangements, make up, maneuver, manufacture, map out, piece together, plan, plan out, prearrange, predetermine, prepare, proceed by stratagem, put together, schematize, scheme, set up, shape, sketch out, take steps, work out III index arrange (methodize), arrange (plan), attorn, benefit (conferment), bequeath, bequest, build (construct), calculate, circumvent, compose, conceive (invent), conjure, conspire, constitute (establish), contrive, conveyance, create, demise, devolution, estate (hereditament), fabricate (construct), forge (produce), form, formulate, frame (construct), frame (formulate), give (grant), grant, grant (transfer formally), hereditament, inheritance, invent (produce for the first time), leave (give), make, maneuver, manufacture, originate, plan, plot, produce (manufacture), program, scheme

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A testamentary gift of real property made in a will.
devise; see also bequest, bequeath

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

An old legal term that is generally used to refer to real estate left to someone under the terms of a will, or to the act of leaving such real estate. In some states, devise now applies to any kind of property left by will, making it identical to the term bequest. Compare: bequest, legacy
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. The act of transferring real property by will; a clause of a will describing such a transfer; the property disposed of in such a transfer.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A testamentary disposition of land or realty; a gift of real property by the last will and testament of the donor. When used as a noun, it means a testamentary disposition of real or personal property, and when used as a verb, it means to dispose of real or personal property by will. To contrive; plan; scheme; invent; prepare.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A testamentary disposition of land or realty; a gift of real property by the last will and testament of the donor. When used as a noun, it means a testamentary disposition of real or personal property, and when used as a verb, it means to dispose of real or personal property by will. To contrive; plan; scheme; invent; prepare.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) v. an old-fashioned word for giving real property by a will, as distinguished from words for giving personal property.
   2) n. the gift of real property by will.
   See also: bequest, gift, legacy, remise, will

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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