One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who shares equally with others in the inheritance of an undivided estate or in the rights to it (in the UK now as equitable interests).
successor, heiress, next in line, inheritor, heir apparent, heir presumptive, heir-at-law, descendant, beneficiary, legatee, scionView synonyms
- ‘Only the male members are coparceners and they acquire interest in the joint Hindu property by birth.’
- ‘All the coparceners have unity of possession and community of interest in the joint family property.’
- ‘It is only when one coparcener dies, a female can get his share in her capacity as an heir to his estate.’
- ‘By the very definition, only a son or a grandson through the son can be coparcener along with the father.’
- ‘The proposed amendment now attempts to make daughters coparceners at birth in ancestral property.’
Late Middle English: from co- ‘together’ + parcener.
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