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ˌpraɪ məˈdʒɛn ɪ tʃər, -ˌtʃʊərpri·mo·gen·i·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. primogeniture(noun)

    right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son


  1. primogeniture(Noun)

    The state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents.

  2. primogeniture(Noun)

    An exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the eldest son.

  3. Origin: Late Latin primogenitura, from Latin primus + genitura birth, from genitus, past participle of gignere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Primogeniture(adj)

    the state of being the firstborn of the same parents; seniority by birth among children of the same family

  2. Primogeniture(adj)

    the exclusive right of inheritance which belongs to the eldest son. Thus in England the right of inheriting the estate of the father belongs to the eldest son, and in the royal family the eldest son of the sovereign is entitled to the throne by primogeniture. In exceptional cases, among the female children, the crown descends by right of primogeniture to the eldest daughter only and her issue

  3. Origin: [LL., fr. L. primus first + genitura a begetting, birth, generation, fr. genere, gignere, to beget: cf. F. primogniture, L. primogenitus firstborn. See Prime, a., and Genus, Kin.]


  1. Primogeniture

    Primogeniture is the right, by law or custom, of the firstborn son to inherit the entire estate, to the exclusion of younger siblings. Historically, the term implied male primogeniture, to the exclusion of females. In the absence of children, inheritance passed to collateral relatives, in order of seniority of their lines of descent. The eligible descendants of deceased elder siblings take precedence over living younger siblings, such that inheritance is settled in the manner of a depth-first search. The principle has applied in history to inheritance of real property and inherited titles and offices, most notably monarchies, continuing until modified or abolished . Variations on primogeniture modify the right of the first-born son to the entirety of a family's inheritance or, in the West since World War II with the wider promotion of feminism, eliminate the preference for male over female siblings. Six monarchies in Europe have eliminated male preference: Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Luxembourg. The type of marriage prevalent in each culture plays a crucial role in the adoption of differing primogenitures.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of primogeniture in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of primogeniture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of primogeniture in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Utley:

    In really early wills, the law of primogeniture was still in effect, which basically said that your oldest son is going to inherit everything. In some of those wills, he wouldn't even be mentioned because it was just assumed he was oing to get everything.

  2. Wendy Bosberry-Scott:

    If the Queen had not issued a Letters Patent in 2012, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would now be styled as the children of a Duke, the 2012 Letters Patent was a reflection of the then upcoming changes to the Succession to the Crown Act, which in 2013 ended the system of male primogeniture, and meant that Princess Charlotte kept Princess Charlotte place in the line of succession when Princess Charlotte younger brother was born.

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