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ALIENATE Definition & Legal Meaning

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To convey; to transfer the title to property. Co. Litt. 1186. Alien is very commonly used in the same sense. 1 Washb. Real Prop. 53. “Sell, alienate, and dispone” are the formal words of transfer in Scotch conveyances of heritable property. Bell. “The term alienate has a technical legal meaning, and any transfer of real estate, short of a conveyance of the title, is not an alienation of the estate. Xo matter in what form the sale may be made, unless the title is conveyed to the purchaser, the estate is not alienated.” Masters v. Insurance Co., 11 Barb. (X. Y.) 030.


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