verb (used with object)

  1. Law. to exclude from inheritance (an heir or a next of kin).
  2. to deprive of a heritage, country, right, privilege, etc.: the disinherited peoples of the earth.

verb (tr)

  1. law to deprive (an heir or next of kin) of inheritance or right to inherit
  2. to deprive of a right or heritage

mid-15c., from dis- “not” + inherit. Related: Disinherited; disinheriting. Replaced earlier desherit (c.1300), from Old French desheriter.

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