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[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from parcen, portion, division, from Vulgar Latin *partiō, partiōn-, from Latin partitiō, partitiōn-; see partition.]
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a person who takes an equal share with another or others; coheir. Also called: coparcener
[C13: from Old French parçonier, from parçon distribution, from Latin partītiō a sharing, from partīre to divide]
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(ˈpɑr sə nər)

a joint heir.
[1250–1300; < Anglo-French, =parcen (Old French parçon < Latin partitiōnem, acc. of partitiō partition) + -er2]
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a coheir or joint heir; a person who holds property jointly by inheritance.
See also: Property and Ownership
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The word "partner" derives from the Anglo-French parcener, an old legal term that denotes co-heirship.
(143) One of Tucker's cases raised the question of "whether one parcener can maintain an Ejectment against another for an undivided part of the Inheritance." (144) Neither the lawyers nor Tucker had ever found such a case, (145) prompting the judge to enter into an extended disquisition on the nature of ejectment.
[11] Knyt pee poerfore bi him by loue and by beleue; and loan by vertewe of pat knot pou schalt be comoun parcener wip him and wip alle pat by loue so ben knittyd vnto him (M3_IR_RELT_ CLOUD, 21)