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 (tăn′ĭst, thô′nĭst)
The heir apparent to an ancient Celtic chief, elected during the chief's lifetime.

[Irish Gaelic tánaiste, second, tanist, from Old Irish tánaise; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

tan′ist·ry n.
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an early Irish rule of succession in which the successor to a Celtic chief was chosen from among eligible males during the chief’s lifetime. — tanist, n.
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Banquo's destined regal paternity reinstates, after Macbeth, patrilineality, although the prophecy would not have him king--which was possible under tanistry. (44) Killing Banquo, who was predicted to be royal father, will not turn Macbeth into a father of kings, making him the founder of a royal dynasty.
law promulgated since the tanistry decision of 1608.
John Davies, for example, identifies tanistry, the Irish tradition of inheritance, as a disincentive to husbandry.
The author takes up such matters as affinity with the steppe rulers, clothing, the practice of levirate, "barbarian" child names, and the influence of blood tanistry in imperial successions.
Regardless of cause, pastoralism offered proof to England of Irish national inferiority, while the creaght and tanistry traditions of cattle-raiding and "elective succession from among eligible males" (15) respectively, and preference for the brehon legal system over English inheritance and legal practices, further enshrined these judgments.
(17) Shaunnagh Dorsett, '"Since Time Immemorial": A Story of Common Law Jurisdiction, Native Title and the Case of Tanistry' (2002) 26 Melbourne University Law Review 32, 51.
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The collection opens with commentary on good and bad interpreters of texts, Plautus's Trinummus, images of patriarchal power from Ariosto to Tasso, property and inheritance in the Renaissance novella, ideologies in Davies's report on the case of Tanistry, As You Like It and Macbeth in their comments on patrimony, Ben Jonson's dramas, Middletons' Chaste Maid, de La Perriere's intellectual path, Montaigne's sentimental bonds and Pound's bounds of dominium.
When Duncan spurns tanistry by naming Malcolm as his successor, he gives Macbeth the missing motive for regicide.