legitime

noun
le·​git·​i·​me | \ lə-ˈji-tə-mē \

Legal Definition of legitime

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.

History and Etymology for legitime

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

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“Legitime.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/legitime. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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