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partible inheritance

Definition of Partible Inheritance

(noun) When inheritance is divided more or less equally among children in a family, or all the male children.

Example of Partible Inheritance

  • Sam and Kelly bequeathed the family estate equally among their three children.

Partible Inheritance Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: par·ti·ble in·her·i·tance

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /pAHR-tuh-buhl in-hAIR-uh-tuhns/
  • British English – /pAHt-uh-buhl in-hE-ri-tuhns/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English: /ˈpɑrtəbəl ɪnˈhɛrətəns/
  • British English: /ˈpɑːtəb(ə)l ɪnˈheɹɪt(ə)ns/

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Goldscheider, Frances, and Berna Torr. 2007. “Leaving Home in the Transition to Adulthood.” Pp. 2570-74 in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by G. Ritzer. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

McNamee, Stephen J., and Robert K. Miller, Jr. 2013. The Meritocracy Myth. 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Cite the Definition of Partible Inheritance

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “partible inheritance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/partible-inheritance/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

partible inheritance. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/partible-inheritance/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “partible inheritance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/partible-inheritance/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“partible inheritance.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/partible-inheritance/>.