noun ni·yo·ga \nēˈyōgə\

Definition of niyoga



Hindu law

  1. :  an appointed task; specifically :  the appointment of a brother or any near kinsman to raise up issue to a deceased childless husband by marrying his widow

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Origin and Etymology of niyoga

Sanskrit, order, duty, from niyunakti he orders, enjoins, from ni- down, into + yunakti he yokes, joins — more at nether, yoke

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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