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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.