Legal Definition of alienate
- To sell or give completely and without reserve
- To transfer title to somebody else. A voluntary conveyance of property, especially real property.
Definition of alienate
Latin alienatus, past participle of alienare, from alienus. See alien, and confer aliene.
- IPA: /ˈeɪ.li.ə.neɪt/, SAMPA: /"eI.li.@.neIt/
alienate (not comparable)
- Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.
alienate from God. John Milton. Paradise Lost line 4643.
alienate (plural alienates)
- (obsolete) A stranger; an alien.
to alienate (third-person singular simple present alienates, present participle alienating, simple past and past participle alienated)
- To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.
- To estrange; to withdraw affections or attention; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to wean; with from.
The errors which... alienated a loyal gentry and priesthood from the House of Stuart. - Thomas Babington Macaulay.
The recollection of his former life is a dream that only the more alienates him from the realities of the present.- Isaac Taylor.
- alienate in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
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