Definition of Primogeniture
(noun) The custom or law granting inheritance of a family estate and titles to the first born or eldest child.
Example of Primogeniture
- The traditional method of succession for the British throne.
- American English – /prie-moh-jEn-uh-chur/
- British English – /prie-moh-jE-ni-chuh/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English: /ˌpɹaɪmoˈdʒɛnəˌtʃʊr/
- British English: /ˌpɹaɪməʊˈdʒenɪtʃə/
- There is vast array of rule variation relating to primogeniture across societies and cultures and the reasons for its use. The primary reason however, is to maintain and consolidate a family’s money and property and therefore their power and influence.
- Primogeniture inheritance regardless of sex is called cognatic primogeniture, if only a male can inherit it is called patrilineal primogeniture, and if only females can inherit it is called matrilineal primogeniture.
- Ultimogeniture is the opposite of primogeniture and in contrast, partible inheritance is when inheritance is divided more or less equally among heirs.
- 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.
- Also called right of primogeniture.
- The oldest child inherited the family farm because the (adjective) primogenital or (adjective) primogenitary rule.
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- career inheritance
- family life cycle
- family of orientation
- family of procreation
- partible inheritance
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Cite the Definition of Primogeniture
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “primogeniture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/primogeniture/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
primogeniture. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/primogeniture/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “primogeniture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/primogeniture/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“primogeniture.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/primogeniture/>.