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primogeniture

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Law
primogeniturepri‧mo‧gen‧i‧ture /ˌpraɪməʊˈdʒenətʃə $ -moʊˈdʒenətʃər/ noun [uncountable] law  SCLthe system by which property that is owned by a man goes to his oldest son after his death
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primogenitureBut despite its drawbacks, primogeniture did offer a rule of thumb that commanded widespread respect.It implied, first, primogeniture amongst males, i.e. inheritance by the eldest son, if there was one.The practice of primogeniture was a good way to keep wealth-and its polygamy potential-intact through the generations.In a kind of republican primogeniture, autocratic leaders groom their sons to succeed them.So primogeniture was not automatically accepted; and where it was, it could create problems of a rather different sort.At this time heirs were not selected exclusively through primogeniture, but by election.
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