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n. pl. pat·ri·mo·nies
a. An inheritance from a father or paternal ancestor.
b. An inheritance or legacy; heritage.
2. An endowment or estate belonging to an institution, especially a church.

[Middle English, from Old French patrimoine, from Latin patrimōnium, from pater, patr-, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.]

pat′ri·mo′ni·al adj.
pat′ri·mo′ni·al·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.patrimonial - inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descentpatrimonial - inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent; "ancestral home"; "ancestral lore"; "hereditary monarchy"; "patrimonial estate"; "transmissible tradition"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
heritable, inheritable - capable of being inherited; "inheritable traits such as eye color"; "an inheritable title"


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References in classic literature ?
His principal weight and influence in the republic are derived from this independent title; from his great patrimonial estates; from his family connections with some of the chief potentates of Europe; and, more than all, perhaps, from his being stadtholder in the several provinces, as well as for the union; in which provincial quality he has the appointment of town magistrates under certain regulations, executes provincial decrees, presides when he pleases in the provincial tribunals, and has throughout the power of pardon.
But, in order that Mademoiselle de Montalais, who had not a large patrimonial fortune, although an only daughter, should be suitably dowered, it was necessary that she should belong to some great princess, as prodigal as the dowager Madame was covetous.
As for Nicholas, he lived a single man on the patrimonial estate until he grew tired of living alone, and then he took to wife the daughter of a neighbouring gentleman with a dower of one thousand pounds.
Don Quixote went over and unhooked Sancho, who, as soon as he found himself on the ground, looked at the rent in his huntingcoat and was grieved to the heart, for he thought he had got a patrimonial estate in that suit.
On approaching old Marheyo's domicile, its inmates rushed out to receive us; and while the gifts of Mehevi were being disposed of, the superannuated warrior did the honours of his mansion with all the warmth of hospitality evinced by an English squire when he regales his friends at some fine old patrimonial mansion.
But there is no one thing which men so rarely do, whatever the provocation or inducement, as to bequeath patrimonial property away from their own blood.
com/Y9eetrWtuw The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) April 10, 2019 Petitioners allegethat the loan agreement "contains express waiver by the [Government of the Republic of the Philippines] of its sovereign immunity from execution against its patrimonial assets." The petitioners also said that a reading of the provision of the loan agreement showed that the Philippine government "has allowed its patrimonial assets to stand as security for unpaid obligations under this Loan Agreement.
In their petition, Colmenares and the others said the loan agreement violates several provisions of the 1987 Constitution as it contains an express waiver of sovereign immunity over the country's patrimonial assets in favor of China.
Senators, however, voiced misgivings over Malacanang's move accepting China funding for the Chico River project with patrimonial assets as collateral.
Drilon said that as far as he is concerned, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo's perception that it is "natural" for China to seize "patrimonial assets" is purely theoretical.