statute of descent

Definition of statute of descent

: a statute regulating the descent from ancestor to heir of real and sometimes other property — compare descent sense 3c

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“Statute of descent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statute%20of%20descent. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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