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noun Obsolete. (in English law)
  1. the right of the oldest member of a coparcenary to have first choice of share upon division of the inheritance.
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Origin of esnecy

1600–10; < Medieval Latin aesnecia, Latinization of Old French ainsneece, ainsnesse position of an older brother or sister, derivative of ainsne elder (compare Latin antenātus (one) born before another)
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  • Esnecy, es′ne-si, n. the right of first choice belonging to the eldest.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)