Origin of levirate
Related formslev·i·rat·ic [lev-uh-rat-ik, lee-vuh-] /ˌlɛv əˈræt ɪk, ˌli və-/, lev·i·rat·i·cal, adjective
Examples from the Web for levirate
Most marriage was by purchase; the levirate and sororate were common.California Athabascan Groups|Martin A. Baumhoff
This is certainly possible, although it rests on the hypothesis of the Levirate marriage.A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ|Archibald Thomas Robertson
We are therefore reduced to the levirate as a proof of the former existence of group marriage.Kinship Organisations and Group Marriage in Australia|Northcote W. Thomas
In Polynesia the levirate has the force of law, and it is common throughout America and Asia.
The Levirate (from "Levir," a brother-in-law, in Sanscrit dvar) is also found operating as a stringent injunction.Indo-China and Its Primitive People|Henry Baudesson