pertaining to or noting a method of dividing an estate in which the descendants of a deceased person share as a group in the portion of the estate to which the deceased would have been entitled.
- Compare per capita (def. 2).
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How to use per stirpes in a sentence
In the absence of these, equality ruled between individuals; they shared 'per capita,' and not 'per stirpes.'The English Village Community | Frederic Seebohm
Indeed we need not care whether the division per stirpes or per capita, our share is not the less in either case.Americanisms and Briticisms | Brander Matthews