1. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate.
2. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property. Fines upon devises were still exacted. (Bancroft)
3. Property devised, or given by will.
Origin: OF. Devise division, deliberation, wish, will, testament. See device.