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pri·mo·gen·i·ture

 (prī′mō-jĕn′ĭ-cho͝or′)
n.
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.

primogeniture

(ˌpraɪməʊˈdʒɛnɪtʃə)
n
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

pri•mo•gen•i•ture

(ˌpraɪ məˈdʒɛn ɪ tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

n.
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.

primogeniture

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
Translations

primogeniture

[ˌpraɪməʊˈdʒenɪtʃəʳ] N (frm) → primogenitura f

primogeniture

nErstgeburt f; law of primogenitureErstgeburtsrecht nt
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The sutra goes on to consider several practices attributed to "some" or to "some regions": the giving away or formal sale of children, primogenitary inheritance, and other unequal divisions of an estate (2.
She described the research as conditional in its findings toward establishing Israel as primogenitary in the geographical areas of Israel/Palestine.
Jorge's second cousin, daughter of his first cousin, Dona Maria Manuel de Vilhena, it seems likely that the marriage was intended to address the "right of representation" within his mother's family by reuniting the entail and estate of his maternal grandfather--diverted to him through his mother (the youngest daughter)--with the primogenitary (albeit female) line represented by his wife.