ab·​alien·​ation | \ (¦)a-ˌbā-lyə-ˈnā-shən, -lē-ə- \

Definition of abalienation

: the act of transferring a legal title

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First Known Use of abalienation

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abalienation

borrowed from Latin abaliēnātiōn-, abaliēnātiō, derivative of abaliēnāre

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“Abalienation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abalienation. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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