primogeniture(redirected from Cognatic primogeniture)
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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]
pri•mo•gen•i•ture(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