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Definitions for levirate
ˈlɛv ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt, ˈli vər ɪt, -vəˌreɪtlevi·rate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leviratenoun

    the biblical institution whereby a man must marry the widow of his childless brother in order to maintain the brother's line


  1. leviratenoun

    A marriage between a widow and her deceased husband's brother or, sometimes, heir.

    Etymology: From levir + -ate

  2. leviratenoun

    The institution of levirate marriage.

    Etymology: From levir + -ate

  3. levirateadjective

    Having to do with one's husband's brother.

    Etymology: From levir + -ate

Webster Dictionary

  1. Levirateadjective

    alt. of Leviratical

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Levirate

    lev′i-rāt, n. marriage between a man and a childless brother's widow—an obligation amongst the ancient Hebrews.—adj. Levirat′ical.—n. Levirā′tion. [L. levir, a brother-in-law.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of levirate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of levirate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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