noun English Law.
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Equal-partition rules, like gavelkind or parage, lead in an exactly opposite direction.
In the Saxon times, land was divided equally among all the male children of the deceased, according to the custom of gavelkind.
It is taken from notes to the third edition of Robinson's valuable work on Gavelkind, p. 391.
The gavelkind or tributary tenure there was subjected to equal partition among the heirs.Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff
It is more correctly described as socage tenure, subject to the custom of gavelkind.