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legitime

noun le·git·i·me \lə-ˈji-tə-mē\

Legal Definition of legitime

  1. :  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

Additional Notes on legitime

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

Origin and Etymology of legitime

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


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