In genealogy and law, issue usually means a person's lineal descendants, natural born children, their children, and so on. These are distinguished from heirs, which can include other kin such as a brother, sister, mother, father, grandfather, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, or cousin. This definition may be significant with respect to wills and trusts. No issue means to have no natural descendants.

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  1. The act of passing or flowing out; a moving out from any enclosed place; egress; as, the issue of water from a pipe, of blood from a wound, of air from a bellows, of people from a house.
  2. The act of sending out, or causing to go forth; delivery; issuance; as, the issue of an order from a commanding officer; the issue of money from a treasury.
  3. That which passes, flows, or is sent out; the whole quantity sent forth or emitted at one time; as, an issue of bank notes; the daily issue of a newspaper.
  4. Progeny; a child or children; offspring. In law, sometimes, in a general sense, all persons descended from a common ancestor; all lineal descendants.
  5. Produce of the earth, or profits of land, tenements, or other property; as, A conveyed to B all his right for a term of years, with all the issues, rents, and profits.
  6. A discharge of flux, as of blood.
  7. An opening or outlet, providing for an exit or egress.
  8. An artificial ulcer, usually made in the fleshy part of the arm or leg, to produce the secretion and discharge of pus for the relief of some affected part.
  9. The final outcome or result; upshot; conclusion; event; hence, contest; test; trial.
  10. A point in debate or controversy on which the parties take affirmative and negative positions; a presentation of alternatives between which to choose or decide.
  11. In pleading, a single material point of law or fact depending in the suit, which, being affirmed on the one side and denied on the other, is presented for determination.
  12. A financial instrument in a company, such as a bond, stock or other security; the emission of such an instrument.
  13. A problem or concern, usually of a mental nature.
    He has issues.


  1. To pass or flow out; to run out, as from any enclosed place.
  2. To go out; to rush out; to sally forth; as, troops issued from the town, and attacked the besiegers.
  3. To proceed, as from a source; as, water issues from springs; light issues from the sun.
  4. To proceed, as progeny; to be derived; to be descended; to spring.
  5. To extend; to pass or open; as, the path issues into the highway.
  6. To be produced as an effect or result; to grow or accrue; to arise; to proceed; as, rents and profits issuing from land, tenements, or a capital stock.
  7. To turn out (in a given way); to have a specified issue or result, to result (in).
  8. In pleading, to come to a point in fact or law, on which the parties join issue.
  9. To send out; to put into circulation; as, to issue notes from a bank.
  10. To deliver for use; as, to issue provisions.
  11. To send out officially; to deliver by authority; as, to issue an order; to issue a writ.

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