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per stirpes

[pur stur-peez, per] /pɜr ˈstɜr piz, pər/
adjective, adverb, Law.
pertaining to or noting a method of dividing an estate in which the descendants of a deceased person share as a group in the portion of the estate to which the deceased would have been entitled.
Compare per capita (def 2).
Origin of per stirpes
First recorded in 1675-85, per stirpes is from the Latin word per stirpēs literally, by stocks Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In the absence of these, equality ruled between individuals; they shared 'per capita,' and not 'per stirpes.'

Word Origin and History for per stirpes

Latin, "by families, by stocks;" in legal use, for inheritances, etc., opposed to per capita.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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