Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Death; transfer of a life estate or less; a lease. See Ann. Cas. (Cal.) 1913B, 1094.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    n. In conveyancing. A conveyance of an estate to another for life, for years or at will; most commonly for years; a lease. 1 Steph. Comm. 475. Voorhees v. Church, 5 How. Prae. (N. Y.) 71; Gilmore v. Hamilton, 83 Ind. 196. Originally a posthumous grant; commonly a lease or conveyance for a term of years; sometimes applied to any conveyance, in fee, for life or for years. Pub. St Mass. 1882, p. 1289. "Demise" is synonymous with "lease" or "let," except that demise ex vi termini implies a covenant for title, and also a covenant for
    —Demise and redemise. In conveyancing. Mutuni leases made from one party to another on each side, of the same land, or something out of it; as when A. grants a lease to B. at a nominal rent (as of a pepper corn,) and B. redemises the same property to A. for a shorter time at a real, substantial rent Jacob,; Whi-shaw.
    —Demise of the crown. The natural dissolution of the king is generally so called; an expression which signifies merely a transfer of property. By demise of the crown we mean only that, in consequence of the disuhion of the king's natural body from his body politic, the kingdom is transferred or demised to his successor, and so the royal dignity remains perpetual. 1 Bl. Comm. 249; Plowd. 234,
    —Several demises. In English practice. In the action of ejectment, it was formerly customary, in case there were any doubt as to the legal estate being in the plaintiff, to insert in the declaration several demises from as many different persons; but this was rendered unnecessary by the provisions of the common-law procedure acts.
    —Single demise. A declaration in ejectment might contain either one demise or several. When it contained only one, it was called a "declaration with a single demise."

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    v. In conveyancing. To convey or create an estate for years or life; to lease. The usual and operative word In leases: "Have granted, demised, and to farm let, and by these presents do grant, demise, and to farm let." 2 Bl. Comm. 317; 1 Steph. Comm. 476; Co. Litt. 45a.