morganatic


mor·ga·nat·ic

adjective \ˌmr-gə-ˈna-tik\

Definition of MORGANATIC

:  of, relating to, or being a marriage between a member of a royal or noble family and a person of inferior rank in which the rank of the inferior partner remains unchanged and the children of the marriage do not succeed to the titles, fiefs, or entailed property of the parent of higher rank
mor·ga·nat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of MORGANATIC

New Latin matrimonium ad morganaticam, literally, marriage with morning gift
First Known Use: circa 1741

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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