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  1. the position or rights of an heir; right of inheritance; inheritance.
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Origin of heirship

First recorded in 1470–80; see origin at heir, -ship
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Related Words for heirship

right, custom, culture, legacy, ancestry, tradition, birthright, fashion, lot, estate, inheritance, endowment, share, portion, patrimony, convention, bequest, dowry, heirship, heritance

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Historical Examples of heirship

  • It will be time enough when all this tumult about the heirship has abated.

    The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals

    Ann S. Stephens

  • The court demands that the evidences of heirship be very definite.

  • He had then felt that if he could only do that he could reconcile himself to the heirship.

    The Belton Estate

    Anthony Trollope

  • He will leave the heirship to be finally adjusted by the Court.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

  • In it we have unfolded to us the two great principles of sonship and heirship.

    Notes on the Book of Genesis

    Charles Henry Mackintosh

British Dictionary definitions for heirship


noun law
  1. the state or condition of being an heir
  2. the right to inherit; inheritance
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