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devise

A transfer of real property by virtue of the provisions in a will. Contrast with descent, which is a transfer by virtue of statutory provisions controlling ownership of real estate when one dies without a will.
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If she had any anger for all that had befallen her it was directed not at the devisers of the vast project of destruction in which she had been caught up and from which she had barely escaped with her life, but at the very victims of it, all those who had not escaped, even her bewildered parents, her sister who had been so vain of her dark beauty, her little brother, still clutching his toy bugle as he was marched away.
In the third Advent devisers found the central theme and structural outline of one of the most widespread forms of the civic entry (chapter 4).
Accountants, Auditors, Devisers of Business Systems" in a 1903 edition of the New York Accountants and Book-Keepers' Journal.
Taxing away bequests would cause devisers to alter their behavior and leave less wealth via wills.