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Origin of primogeniture
OTHER WORDS FROM primogeniturepri·mo·gen·i·tar·y, pri·mo·gen·i·tal, adjectivepri·mo·gen·i·ture·ship, noun
Words nearby primogeniture
Example sentences from the Web for primogeniture
The modern equivalent of primogeniture in the U.S., as Schine sees it, is divorce.
That such an idea might come to M. d'Anjou is possible; his ancestors are mine, and it is only a question of primogeniture.Chicot the Jester|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
No argument can ever restore general confidence in the institution of primogeniture, but it dies hard, even (p. 085) in England.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
Here his Lordship sighed, but not too deeply, for he remembered that the law of primogeniture is the sworn enemy to grief.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
The law of entail is traceable to the same human instincts as the law of primogeniture.
At the same time, I did not believe nature had created men unequal, in the order of primogeniture from male to male.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for primogeniture
Derived forms of primogenitureprimogenitary (ˌpraɪməʊˈdʒɛnɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
Word Origin for primogeniture
Cultural definitions for primogeniture
A system of inheritance in which land passes exclusively to the eldest son. Until the Industrial Revolution, this system severely restricted the freedom of younger sons, who were often forced into the military or the clergy to earn a living.