primogeniture[prī′mə jen′i c̸hər]
- the condition or fact of being the firstborn of the same parents
- Law the exclusive right of the eldest son to inherit his father's estate
Origin of primogenitureMedieval Latin primogenitura ; from Classical Latin primus, first + genitura, a begetting ; from genitus: see primogenitor
- The state of being the firstborn or eldest child of the same parents.
- Law The right of the eldest child, especially the eldest son, to inherit the entire estate of one or both parents.
Origin of primogenitureLate Latin prīmōgenitūra : Latin prīmō, at first (from prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots) + Latin genitūra, birth (from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots).
- pri′mo·gen′i·tar′y , pri′mo·gen′i·tal
(countable and uncountable, plural primogenitures)
- The state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents.
- An exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the eldest son.
- (inheritance by the first-born child): postremogeniture
Late Latin primogenitura, from Latin primus + genitura birth, from genitus, past participle of gignere
primogeniture - Legal Definition