levirate


le·vi·rate

noun \ˈle-və-rət, ˈlē-, -ˌrāt\

Definition of LEVIRATE

:  the sometimes compulsory marriage of a widow to a brother of her deceased husband
le·vi·rat·ic \ˌle-və-ˈra-tik, ˌlē-\ adjective

Origin 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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