Primogeniture
Primogeniture Pri`mo*gen"i*ture (?; 135), n. [LL., fr. L. primus first + genitura a begetting, birth, generation, fr. genere, gignere, to beget: cf. F. primog['e]niture, L. primogenitus firstborn. See {Prime}, a., and {Genus}, {Kin}.] 1. The state of being the firstborn of the same parents; seniority by birth among children of the same family. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eng. Law) The exclusive right of inheritance which belongs to the eldest son. Thus in England the right of inheriting the estate of the father belongs to the eldest son, and in the royal family the eldest son of the sovereign is entitled to the throne by primogeniture. In exceptional cases, among the female children, the crown descends by right of primogeniture to the eldest daughter only and her issue. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]


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  • primogeniture — pri·mo·gen·i·ture /ˌprī mō je nə ˌchu̇r/ n 1: the state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents 2: exclusive right of inheritance; specif: a right to take all the real property of an estate belonging under English law to the… …   Law dictionary

  • Primogeniture — Primogéniture Du latin primo, « premier » et genitura, de gignere, « engendrer ». Ce terme désigne l antériorité de naissance et les droits qui en découlent, en particulier en matière de succession. C était la norme dans le… …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • primogeniture — c.1600, right of succession of the first born, from M.L. primogenitura, from L.L. primogenitus first born, from L. primus first (see prime (adj.)) + genitus, pp. of gignere to beget (see GENUS (Cf. genus)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • primogeniture — ► NOUN 1) the state of being the firstborn child. 2) a rule of inheritance by the firstborn child. ORIGIN Latin primogenitura, from primo first + genitura birth, begetting …   English terms dictionary

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