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1. The state of being the firstborn or eldest child of the same parents.
2. Law The right of the eldest child, especially the eldest son, to inherit the entire estate of one or both parents.

[Late Latin prīmōgenitūra : Latin prīmō, at first (from prīmus, first; see per in Indo-European roots) + Latin genitūra, birth (from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots).]

pri′mo·gen′i·tar′y (-jĕn′ĭ-tĕr′ē), pri′mo·gen′i·tal (-təl) adj.


1. the state of being a first-born
2. (Law) law the right of an eldest son to succeed to the estate of his ancestor to the exclusion of all others. Compare ultimogeniture
[C17: from Medieval Latin prīmōgenitūra birth of a first child, from Latin prīmō at first + Late Latin genitūra a birth]
primogenitary adj


(ˌpraɪ məˈdʒɛn ɪ tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

1. the state or fact of being the firstborn of children of the same parents.
2. inheritance by the firstborn, specifically the eldest son.
[1585–95; < Medieval Latin prīmōgenitūra a first birth = Latin prīmō at first + genitūra=genit(us) (past participle of gignere to beget) + -ūra -ure]
pri`mo•gen′i•tar′y, pri`mo•gen′i•tal, adj.


the quality or condition of being a firstborn child. See also law.
See also: Children
the rights or legal status of the first born in a family. Cf. postremogeniture.
See also: Law
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.primogeniture - right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son
inheritance, heritage - that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner


[ˌpraɪməʊˈdʒenɪtʃəʳ] N (frm) → primogenitura f


nErstgeburt f; law of primogenitureErstgeburtsrecht nt
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In: The Societies of Borneo: Explorations in the Theory of Cognatic Social Structure, G.
Among the Beti of Cameroon, for example, the collectivity of unmarriageable individuals corresponds above all to the patriclan, but also includes all those persons between whom a cognatic connection can be precisely accounted for (Houseman 1990).
Due to the importance of the close kin relationships to the groups and individuals, the balance of exchange was highly important in order to maintain a cognatic network of abundant economic and social resources.
Hviding shows how Marovo people truncate the complex, flexible and potentially limitless cognatic and bilateral mode of relatedness they call butubutu in order to isolate simple unilineal principles of rights to land when negotiating with global business and development interests.
In his course on "Relationship Terminologies" he mentioned the Penan as an example of a people with a cognatic system, but he had little interest in cognatic terminologies, and he quickly moved on to societies with prescriptive alliance systems.
Villages are organized around a system of cognatic land-based groups, or solonarik (see Burton 1996; Halvaksz 2005; Mitio 1981; Oullette 1987).
The village is made up of extended families that are tied to a number of cognatic lineages.
kindreds, which include both cognatic and affinal kin, intersect in important ways with lou boundaries and we should not over-emphasize the distinctness of these essentially fluid and porous social categories.
her affines) and the expectations of her own cognatic kin.
In this regard, the Edmund Leach correspondence is an especially rich background source to Freeman's writings on the bilek family, kindred, cognatic kinship, augury, and swidden cultivation.
In a number of native title cases it has been put to the court that a shift from patrilineal inheritance to cognation has occurred even though the applicants plead that theirs has always been a cognatic system of kinship.
But in describing thoroughly cognatic domestic groups, he enshrined the notion that a longhouse was little more than a series of households that happened to live side-by-side under the same roof.