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patrimony

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noun pat·ri·mo·ny \ˈpa-trə-ˌmō-nē\

Simple Definition of patrimony

  • : property that you receive from your father when he dies

  • : things that are from the past

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of patrimony

  1. 1 a :  an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor b :  anything derived from one's father or ancestors :  heritage

  2. 2 :  an estate or endowment belonging by ancient right to a church

patrimonial play \ˌpa-trə-ˈmō-nē-əl\ adjective

Examples of patrimony in a sentence

  1. These historic landmarks are an important part of our cultural patrimony.

  2. <her patrimony was the family's newspaper business>



Origin of patrimony

Middle English patrimoine, patrimonie, from Anglo-French patremoine, from Latin patrimonium, from patr-, pater father


First Known Use: 14th century


Law Dictionary

patrimony

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noun pat·ri·mo·ny \ˈpa-trə-ˌmō-nē\

Legal Definition of patrimony

plural patrimonies

  1. 1 :  an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor <to deprive her and her coheirs of their patrimonyWells Fargo Bank v. Kincaid, 260 Cal. App. 2d 120 (1968)>

  2. 2 :  an estate or endowment belonging to a church <the property of a dissolved parish shall pass to the patrimony of the diocese>

  3. 3 in the civil law of Louisiana :  the net assets of a person :  the sum of a person's assets and liabilities <reimbursement shall be made from the patrimony of the spouse who owes reimbursement — Louisiana Civil Code>



Origin of patrimony

Middle French patrimonie, from Latin patrimonium, from patr- pater father



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