[ pur stur-peez, per ]
/ pɜr ˈstɜr piz, pər /
adjective, adverb Law.
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.
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Compare per capita(def 2).
Origin of per stirpes
First recorded in 1675–85, per stirpes is from the Latin word per stirpēs literally, by stocks
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Word Origin and History for per stirpes
Latin, "by families, by stocks;" in legal use, for inheritances, etc., opposed to per capita.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper