legitime

noun

le·​git·​i·​me
lə-ˈji-tə-mē
in the civil law of Louisiana : the portion (as one-fourth) of a testate succession that is reserved for a forced heir

called also forced portion

compare disposable portion, falcidian portion, marital portion

Note: The fraction used to calculate the legitime will vary depending on the number of forced heirs.

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Word History

Etymology

French, from Latin legitima (pars) the lawful (share)

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Cite this Entry

“Legitime.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/legitime. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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