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Definition: Devise

Quick Summary of Devise

A devise is a gift of real estate.

What is the dictionary definition of Devise?

Dictionary Definition

  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.

Full Definition of Devise

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 US states, “devise” now applies to any kind of property left by will, making it identical to the term bequest. Compare legacy.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Devise. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 27, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Devise. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 27, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Devise. Retrieved September 27, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Devise are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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