Seisin (seisina, Fr. seisine), in the common law signifies possession. To seize is to take possession of a thing; and primer seisin is the first possession. Co. Litt. 152. And seisin is twofold, seisin in deed or in fact, and seisin in law: a seisin in deed is when an actual possession is taken; and seisin in law is where lands descend, and one hath not actually entered on them, but has a right to enter. 1 Inst. 31. Perk. 457, 458. 4 Rep. 9. 80. 1 Danv. Abr. 647.

Source: Wishaw, James. A New Law Dictionary. London: J. & W.T. Clarke, 1829 (pg. 284).

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