Definition of Devise

1. Noun. A will disposing of real property.

Generic synonyms: Testament, Will

2. Verb. Come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort. "Did he devise his major works over a short period of time?"; "Excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"

3. Noun. (law) a gift of real property by will.
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Heritage, Inheritance, Gift

4. Verb. Arrange by systematic planning and united effort. "Devise a plan to take over the director's office"

5. Verb. Give by will, especially real property.
Generic synonyms: Bequeath, Leave, Will
Derivative terms: Devisee

Definition of Devise

1. v. t. To form in the mind by new combinations of ideas, new applications of principles, or new arrangement of parts; to formulate by thought; to contrive; to excogitate; to invent; to plan; to scheme; as, to devise an engine, a new mode of writing, a plan of defense, or an argument.

2. v. i. To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.

3. n. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; -- sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate.

4. n. Device. See Device.

Definition of Devise

1. Verb. (transitive) To use one's intellect to plan or design (something). ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To leave (property) in a will. ¹

3. Noun. the act of leaving real property in a will ¹

4. Noun. such a will, or a clause in such a will ¹

5. Noun. the real property left in such a will ¹

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Definition of Devise

1. to form in the mind [v -VISED, -VISING, -VISES]

Medical Definition of Devise

1. 1. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate. 2. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property. "Fines upon devises were still exacted." (Bancroft) 3. Property devised, or given by will. Origin: OF. Devise division, deliberation, wish, will, testament. See Device. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Devise

devise (current term)

Literary usage of Devise

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"The course upon a bill to estab lish a devise is an issue, ... Where it was impossible to as certain the mistake in a devise the name belonging to one, ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"Conveyance by devise.—The last method of conveying real property is by devise, ... 1 Power to devise—The best account of the origin of wills in Roman law is ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"We insist that the devise over, to the sons-in- law, did take effect ; and that upon the ... The will in question in express terms contains a devise over, ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"... die without having any child or issue, lawfully begotten, or to be begotten, then and in such case only, I give and devise the reversion and inheritance ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1911)
"By the next, or fourth, item of the will, a devise was made to his son ... The later expression, under which a devise of half of the land on the house side ..."

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