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The status of being the firstborn child among several children of the same parents. A rule of inheritance at Common Law through which the oldest male child has the right to succeed to the estate of an ancestor to the exclusion of younger siblings, both male and female, as well as other relatives.


n. Latin for "first born," the ancient rule from feudal England (except in the County of Kent) that the oldest son would inherit the entire estate of his parents (or nearest ancestor), and, if there was no male heir, the daughters would take (receive the property) in equal shares. The intent was to preserve larger properties from being broken up into small holdings, which might weaken the power of nobles. It does not exist in the United States.

See: birthright


being first-born. Many legal systems have from time to time and place to place given precedence to the first-born in inheritance. It has the benefit of preserving large hard-won estates. It is not popular with the other children. Concentration of wealth in money as opposed to land has made it much less useful. It no longer applies to ordinary property in the UK.

PRIMOGENITURE. The state of being first born the eldest.
     2. Formerly primogeniture gave a title in cases of descent to the oldest son in preference to the other children; this unjust distinction has been generally abolished in the United States.

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The term 'family' has been used to refer variously across the Tortes Strait to a cognatic descent group or a more undifferentiated personal kindred, delimited both by generational depth, patrilineal emphasis and optation (Beckett 1983:206; 1963:193; Davis 1998:62; Fuary 1991a:228).
While Hula (the language of the Vula'a) has a high cognatic correlation with Motu a different term, inaina, is used for incantation and--interestingly--also for intimate conversation (D.
The phenomenological consequence of this spiritual conception is that the Ga-Adangbe use a cognatic kinship system that theoretically allows a Ga fomobi (person of Ga birth) rights of inheritance in the ancestral clans of all four of their grandparents, even though there is first preference for the patrilineal line.
She examines kinship and evolution in primates and humans; patrilineal and matrilineal lines; double, bilateral, and cognatic descent; marriage; the history of Euro-American kinship and gender; and new reproductive technologies.
The Bill's key recommendation can be summarised very briefly: namely, to change our royal succession from agnatic to cognatic primogeniture, which, I venture to suggest, most Post readers would probably agree with.
The Muinane's kinship system, though cognatic, has a strong patrilineal bias with salient social organizational implications.
It will show that contemporary melodramas, especially those written by William Thomas Moncrieff and performed at the Olympic Theatre, Wych Street, and Adelphi Theatre, Strand, have a cognatic relationship with London revolutionary politics.
Instead, the works express a bilinear, cognatic image of the family, indicating legal, economic, and affective ties between mothers and sons.
If a man creates a family endowment for his son and the latter's lineal descendants, the principle of agnation therefore will exclude progressively from the resulting lineal descent group both female and male cognatic descendants of the founder.
Cognatic descent reckoning has replaced more complex traditional social organisational forms in much of Australia, particularly the heavily settled areas (Sutton 2003).
8-10; these commonalities are primarily seen as tendencies and/or as demonstrating similarities with the wider Indonesian world, or at least the wider set of cognatic or bilateral societies in Southeast Asia.