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primogeniture

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noun pri·mo·gen·i·ture \-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of primogeniture

  1. 1 :  the state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents

  2. 2 :  an exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the eldest son



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In many civilizations, past and present, the state of being the oldest among siblings is a key component of inheritance law. Primogeniture, which first appeared in English in the early 17th century, derives from the Late Latin primogenitura, a combination of the Latin primus ("first") and genitura ("birth"), from the past participle of gignere ("to beget"). For those who are youngest in birth order, a similar word applies - ultimogeniture - but this word is newer (first appearing in English in 1882) and much less common.

Origin of primogeniture

Late Latin primogenitura, from Latin primus + genitura birth, from genitus, past participle of gignere


First Known Use: 1602


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primogeniture

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noun pri·mo·gen·i·ture \ˌprī-mō-ˈje-nə-ˌchu̇r\

Legal Definition of primogeniture

  1. 1 :  the state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents

  2. 2 :  exclusive right of inheritance; specifically :  a right to take all the real property of an estate belonging under English law to the eldest son or eldest male in the next degree of consanguinity if there is no son of an ancestor to the exclusion of all female and younger male descendants




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