sei·sin or sei·zin /'sēz-ən/ n [Anglo-French seisine, from Old French saisine act of taking possession, from saisir to seize, of Germanic origin]
1: the possession of land or chattels: as
a: the possession of land arising from livery of seisin see also livery of seisin
b: the possession of a freehold estate in land by one having title thereto
2: the right to immediate possession of an estate or to immediate succession
seisin of an heir upon death of the testator

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

I noun control, hold, mastery, occupancy, occupation, ownership, possession, possessorship, tenancy, tenure, title associated concepts: actual seisin, constructive seisin, covenant of seisin, equitable seisin, seisin in deed, seisin in fact, seisin in law II index dominion (absolute ownership), enjoyment (use), holding (property owned), inheritance, interest (ownership), land, ownership, paraphernalia (personal belongings), possession (ownership)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Ownership of property; possession of a freehold estate in land.

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

feudal possession of freehold land.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

See: seizin
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

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

n. Ownership of land; used in early British law, because ownership of the land belonged to the sovereign. It referred to the person in possession of a freehold estate.
See also covenant.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   an old feudal term for having both possession and title of real property. The word is found in some old deeds, meaning ownership in fee simple (full title to real property).
   See also: fee simple, seized

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Seisin — is the possession of such an estate in land as was anciently thought worthy to be held by a free man. (Williams, On Seisin , p. 2)EtymologySeisin comes from Middle English saysen , seysen , in the legal sense of to put in possession of, or to… …   Wikipedia

  • Seisin — Sei sin, n. See {Seizin}. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seisin — [sē′zin] n. alt. sp. of SEIZIN …   English World dictionary

  • seisin — /siyzan/ Possession of real property under claim of freehold estate. The completion of the feudal investiture, by which the tenant was admitted into the feud, and performed the rights of homage and fealty. Possession with an intent on the part of …   Black's law dictionary

  • seisin — /see zin/, n. Law. seizin. * * * ▪ feudal law       in English feudal society, a term that came to mean a type of possession that gained credibility with the passage of time. Seisin was not ownership nor was it mere possession that could be… …   Universalium

  • Seisin — 1) Legal possession of a property. (Gies, Frances and Joseph. Life in a Medieval Village, 245) 2) Possession (often contrasted with ownership) of land. (Sayles, George O. The King s Parliament of England, 145) 3) The possession of land enjoyed by …   Medieval glossary

  • seisin — The possession of a freehold estate by the owner. 42 Am J1st Prop § 45. The possession of land coupled with the right to possess it and a freehold estate therein, practically the same thing as ownership. Holt v Ruleau, 83 Vt 151, 74 A 1005. For… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • seisin in law — The right to immediate possession of land under a freehold title. The right to make immediate seisin, which, existing in a husband during coverture, is a subject to which common law dower or its statutory equivalent attaches. 25 Am J2d Dow § 26.… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • seisin in deed — A seisin in fact. An actual corporeal seisin which, existing in the husband, is a subject to which common law dower or its statutory equivalent attaches. 25 Am J2d Dow § 26 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • seisin by hasp and staple — The investiture of a person of seisin by the feoffee s taking hold of the hasp of the door of the house and then bolting himself in …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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