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

Word History


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

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“Praecipuum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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