Primogeniture meaning

prīmō-jĕnĭ-cho͝or
The state of being the firstborn or eldest child of the same parents.
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The right of the eldest child, especially the eldest son, to inherit the entire estate of one or both parents.
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The condition or fact of being the firstborn of the same parents.
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The exclusive right of the eldest son to inherit his father's estate.
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First born. An ancient rule of descent by which the firstborn son inherits all the property of his deceased father, usually to the exclusion of all his siblings. The purpose of primogeniture was to keep the estate (real property), the ownership of which implied power, from being subdivided into smaller and smaller parcels of land.
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The state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents.
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An exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the eldest son.
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Origin of primogeniture

  • Late Latin prīmōgenitūra Latin prīmō at first (from prīmus first per1 in Indo-European roots) Latin genitūra birth (from genitus) (past participle of gignere to beget genə- in Indo-European roots)

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

  • Late Latin primogenitura, from Latin primus + genitura birth, from genitus, past participle of gignere

    From Wiktionary