(law, common law, historical) A feudal term for an entitlement to a freehold estate with a right to immediate possession; still used in technical discussions of real property law today.
Origin of seisin
Middle English seisinefrom Old French saisinefromseisirto seizeseize
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Middle English seysen, from Old French seisin, from the verb seisir, from Vulgar Latin *saciÅ, from the same Proto-Indo-European root as GothicðƒðŒ°ð„ðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (satjan) and Old English settan. More at seize.
Seisin Sentence Examples
Feudal law required that the king should take seisin of the earldom before regranting it and receiving the homage, and the sheriff of Ayr was directed to take it on Baliol's behalf.
The disabilities under which a feudal owner very frequently lay gave rise to the practice of conveying land by other methods than that of feoffment with livery of seisin, that is, a handing over of the feudal possession.
The essential elements were livery of seisin (delivery of possession), which consisted in formally giving to the feoffee on the land a clod or turf, or a growing twig, as a symbol of the transfer of the land, and words by the feoffor declaratory of his intent to deliver possession to the feoffee with a "limitation" of the estate intended to be transferred.
Experience, however, has 1 Up to the middle of the 15th century "seisin " was applied to chattels equally with freeholds, the word " possessed " being rarely used.