primogeniture


pri·mo·gen·i·ture

noun \-ˌchr, -chər, -ˌtyr, -ˌtr\

Definition of PRIMOGENITURE

1
:  the state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents
2
:  an exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the eldest son

Origin of PRIMOGENITURE

Late Latin primogenitura, from Latin primus + genitura birth, from genitus, past participle of gignere
First Known Use: 1602

primogeniture

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Preference in inheritance that is given by law or custom to the eldest son and his issue. The motivation for such a practice has usually been to keep the estate of the deceased, or some part of it, whole and intact, and to acknowledge the importance of age-seniority within the social hierarchy. It is no longer a recognized principle of inheritance in most jurisdictions.

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