The modern equivalent of primogeniture in the U.S., as Schine sees it, is divorce.
Disintegration was greatly increased by the practice of the partition of territories among brothers in place of primogeniture.
Here then emerges the historical difficulty of primogeniture.
Loud protest was made against the right of primogeniture, but mother was firm.
Yet in the case of primogeniture our opinion would have to be modified.
The law of primogeniture, strictly enforced, tended with every generation to narrow the basis of society.
Curiously enough, the Mangaians seem to be sticklers for primogeniture.
He, the banker, was not particularly attached to the theory of primogeniture.
I look at society as it is, not as it would be if we had primogeniture and a landed aristocracy.
The Landgravine Amalie Elizabeth introduced the rule of primogeniture.
"right of succession of the first-born," c.1600, from French primogeniture and directly from Medieval Latin primogenitura, from Late Latin primogenitus "first-born," from Latin primo (adv.) "first in order of time," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + genitus, past participle of gignere "to beget" (see genus). Earlier it meant simply "fact of being first-born" (1590s).
A system of inheritance in which land passes exclusively to the eldest son. Until the Industrial Revolution, this system severely restricted the freedom of younger sons, who were often forced into the military or the clergy to earn a living.