partible inheritance

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

Example: Sam and Kelley bequeathed the family estate equally among their three children.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: partible inheritances
  • Ultimogeniture and primogeniture are opposites of partible inheritance.
  • An early form of partiple inheritance was practiced in Kent, England called gravelkind.
  • Secundogeniture refers to inheritance granted to the second oldest child and tertiogeniture refers to inheritance granted to the third oldest child.
  • A type of inheritance.
  • Partible inheritance used in a sentence: I am lucky, I am the youngest and my family practices partible inheritance, so I will inherit an equal part of the family estate.

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