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levirate

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noun le·vi·rate \ˈle-və-rət, ˈlē-, -ˌrāt\

Definition of levirate

  1. :  the sometimes compulsory marriage of a widow to a brother of her deceased husband

leviratic

play \ˌle-və-ˈra-tik, ˌlē-\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of levirate

Latin levir husband's brother; akin to Old English tācor husband's brother, Greek daēr


First Known Use: 1725


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