Levirate Definition

lĕvər-ĭt, -ə-rāt, lēvər-ĭt, -və-rāt
noun
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
Webster's New World
(anthropology) The institution of levirate marriage.
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adjective

Having to do with one's husband's brother.

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Other Word Forms of Levirate

Noun

Singular:
levirate
Plural:
levirates

Origin of Levirate

  • From Latin lÄ“vir (“husband's brother, brother-in-law") (from Proto-Indo-European *daiwos (“one's brother-in-law")) + -ate

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin lēvir husband's brother daiwer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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