Origin of levirate
OTHER WORDS FROM leviratelev·i·rat·ic [lev-uh-rat-ik, lee-vuh-], /ˌlɛv əˈræt ɪk, ˌli və-/, lev·i·rat·i·cal, adjective
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How to use levirate in a sentence
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
By a Levirate marriage if a man died without heirs his remaining brother married his widow and raised up heirs to him.The Christ|John Eleazer Remsburg
There is absolutely no trace of a levirate system by which the nearest male kinsman must marry his deceased brother's widow.The Manbos of Mindano|John M. Garvan
We are therefore reduced to the levirate as a proof of the former existence of group marriage.
He regards this rather unfortunately named custom of the levirate as having its root in group marriage.