Definition of law of succession in English:

law of succession


  • 1The law regulating the inheritance of property.

    • ‘There are all sorts of areas of law where even the common law of bankruptcy has private international law aspects, as does the common law of succession.’
    • ‘The Law of Succession, which governs inheritance rights, provides for equal consideration of male and female children;’
    • ‘This, in my view, would be a distortion of the principles underlying customary law of succession and inheritance.’
    • ‘It caused untold hardship in terms of the laws of succession for blacks and even provided for the separation of the administration of white and black intestate estates.’
    • ‘In March 2001 his solicitors obtained the opinion of an advocate in New Delhi concerning the customary Hindu law of succession.’
    • ‘Mr Kaoma said chiefs should advise Government on issues related to the law of succession, traditional medicines and traditional cleansing in the face of the HIV / AIDS pandemic.’
    • ‘In substance the law of succession remained the same, with a few exceptions concerning priests and members of religious orders.’
    1. 1.1The law regulating the appointment of a new monarch or head of state.
      • ‘So, she will be his wife under common law, but not the Queen under the law of succession.’
      • ‘The law of succession in Scotland is enshrined within the Succession Act 1964, as amended.’
      • ‘Reforming the laws of succession would involve altering the Act of Settlement between Scotland and England and changing the law of several Commonwealth countries.’
      • ‘The exception is royalty, where, by the laws of succession, a high position is inevitable.’
      • ‘Whereas Norway, Sweden and Monaco, among others, have all changed the laws of succession that once gave male heirs precedence over females, Britain has not.’
      • ‘Male primogeniture governed most property arrangements as well as the laws of succession to the crown.’
      • ‘Like Luxembourg, Liechtenstein has plenty of male heirs in sight, but unlike its counterpart, Liechtenstein shows no signs of changing the laws of succession.’
      • ‘Sweden was the world's first monarchy to change the laws of succession to favour the first child born to the monarch regardless of gender.’