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per stirpes

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adverb or adjective per stir·pes \pər-ˈstər-pēz, per-ˈstir-pās\

Definition of per stirpes

  1. :  in equal shares to each member of a specified class with the share of a deceased member divided proportionately among his or her beneficiaries (as children) <the estate was divided per stirpes>



Origin of per stirpes

Latin, by familial stocks


First Known Use: 1682


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