- the custom of marriage by a man with his brother's widow, such marriage required in Biblical law if the deceased was childless. Deut. 25:5–10.
Origin of levirate
Examples from the Web for levirate
Most marriage was by purchase; the levirate and sororate were common.California Athabascan Groups
Martin A. Baumhoff
In Polynesia the levirate has the force of law, and it is common throughout America and Asia.
This is certainly possible, although it rests on the hypothesis of the Levirate marriage.A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ
Archibald Thomas Robertson
The Levirate (from "Levir," a brother-in-law, in Sanscrit dvar) is also found operating as a stringent injunction.Indo-China and Its Primitive People
By a Levirate marriage if a man died without heirs his remaining brother married his widow and raised up heirs to him.The Christ
John Eleazer Remsburg
- the practice, required by Old Testament law, of marrying the widow of one's brother
Word Origin and History for levirate
custom by which the male next-of-kin of a dead man was bound to marry his widow, 1725, from Latin levir "brother-in-law" (from PIE *daiwer- "husband's brother") + -ate (2).