(comparative more leviratical, superlative most leviratical)
- Of, relating to, or in accordance with levirate marriage.
Variant of levirate
a custom of the Jews in Biblical times by which a dead man's brother was obligated to marry the widow if there were no sons: Deut. 25:5-10
Origin of levirateClassical Latin levir, husband's brother, brother-in-law (; from an unverified form daiwer ; from Indo-European an unverified form dāiwēr from source Sanskrit dēvár, Classical Greek daēr, Old English tacor) + -ate