prae·​cip·​u·​um | \ prēˈsipyəwəm \
plural praecipua\ -​yəwə \

Definition of praecipuum

1 Roman law : a portion received from an inheritance before general distribution
2 Scots law : an additional share or bonus (as received by the eldest of several female heirs portioners)

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History and Etymology for praecipuum

Latin, from neuter of praecipuus taken beforehand, from praecipere to take beforehand

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“Praecipuum.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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