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SON, kindred. An immediate male descendant. In its technical meaning in devises, this is a word of purchase, but the testator may make it a word of descent. Sometimes it is extended to more remote descendants.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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When she brings forth sons, she saves her husband from the otherworldly fate of preta-hood which befalls the sonless, wins for herself esteem in the world as a mother of sons, and shields herself against the fate, so much like that of the preta or wandering ghost, of a sonless widow.
Honoring the commander's request, Dov delivers his comrades' watch to the soldiers' now sonless father.
He portrays the two as a kind of "dynamic duo," as when three sisters come before Moses to challenge Israelite law, which doesn't allow women to inherit after their sonless father dies.