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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • primogeniture — n. 1 the fact or condition of being the first born child. 2 (in full right of primogeniture) the right of succession belonging to the first born, esp. the feudal rule by which the whole real estate of an intestate passes to the eldest son.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Primogeniture — is the right, by law or custom, of the firstborn to inherit the entire estate, to the exclusion of younger siblings (compare to ultimogeniture). Historically, the term implied male primogeniture, to the exclusion of females. According to the… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — 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

  • primogeniture — [prī΄mə jen′i chər] n. [ML primogenitura < L primus, first + genitura, a begetting < genitus: see PRIMOGENITOR] 1. the condition or fact of being the firstborn of the same parents 2. Law the exclusive right of the eldest son to inherit his… …   English World dictionary

  • primogeniture and ultimogeniture — ▪ law       preference in inheritance that is given by law, custom, or usage to the eldest son and his issue (primogeniture) or to the youngest son (ultimogeniture, or junior right). In exceptional cases, primogeniture may prescribe such… …   Universalium

  • primogeniture — /praymajenatyar/ The state of being the first born among several children of the same parents; seniority by birth in the same family. The superior or exclusive right possessed by the eldest son, and particularly, his right to succeed to the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • primogeniture — noun Etymology: Late Latin primogenitura, from Latin primus + genitura birth, from genitus, past participle of gignere Date: 1602 1. the state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents 2. an exclusive right of inheritance… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • primogeniture — noun a) The state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents. b) An exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the eldest son …   Wiktionary

  • primogeniture — pri|mo|gen|i|ture [ ,praımou dʒenətʃər ] noun uncount LEGAL the legal right of an oldest son to his father s property after his father dies …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English