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nounmass nounEnglish Law
Joint heirship; the status of a coparcener.
- ‘She becomes a member of the coparcenary by birth in the same manner as that of a son.’
- ‘Where there is no coparcenary at all, a law giving admission into a coparcenary can have no effect.’
- ‘She, not being a member of the coparcenary, will not get a share at the time of the notional partition.’
- ‘It is impossible to graft reforms on a system of coparcenary, which had a certain internal logical consistency.’
- ‘While the father's property is shared equally between brother and sister; the brother, in addition, is entitled to a share in the coparcenary from which the sister is excluded.’
Early 16th century: from co- ‘together’ + parcenary, legal term in the same sense, from Anglo-Norman French parcenarie, from parcener ‘coparcener’ (see coparcener).
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