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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Works Consulted

Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.

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How to Cite the Definition of Partible Inheritance

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “partible inheritance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

partible inheritance. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “partible inheritance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“partible inheritance.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <>.