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That act also eliminated the centuries-old practice of male primogeniture, so some future younger brother won't go before his elder sister in the royal lineup.
Europeans developed primogeniture, where all went to the firstborn to preserve the family’s wealth.
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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 and Etymology of primogeniture
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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