Definition of partible in English:



  • Involving or denoting a system of inheritance in which a deceased person's estate is divided equally among the heirs.

    ‘the entire family lost status as a consequence of partible inheritance’
    • ‘The answer probably comes from the practice of partible inheritance, there being at times more than one East Saxon king.’
    • ‘Between the Atlantic and the Elbe, around the Mediterranean, in Poland and in Russia, there was hardly a family without some land, be it ever so small, thanks to partible inheritance.’
    • ‘What might lead to marital disaster elsewhere works among the Canela because the men believe in partible paternity.’
    • ‘Particularly by the sixteenth century, however, an additional tension had been introduced into the system of partible inheritance.’
    • ‘Equally influenced by the nobility's strong tradition of partible inheritance, noblewomen shared men's overwhelming preference for naming immediate family members as heirs.’
    • ‘As a result of land reallocations in the past, partible inheritance practices among landowners resulted in plots of dwindling size in only a few generations.’
    • ‘In a society with partible inheritance rather than primogeniture, marginalized wives, daughters, and second sons made family relations simultaneously complementary and conflictual.’
    • ‘The Civil Code of 1867 called for partible inheritance, but parents can dispose freely of a third share of their property, and women have the right to receive and bestow property.’
    • ‘In principle, both men and women own property such as land, buildings, and animals, and inheritance is partible.’
    • ‘This anthropological synthesis of syncretism and Melanesian partible personhood thus constitutes an extension of the new Melanesian ethnography toward the analysis of recent historical and religious change in the Pacific.’
    • ‘Large families and the practice of partible inheritance strained lands that under the best circumstances could only sustain sparse populations.’
    • ‘In a region of narrow valleys, steep mountainsides, and rocky ridges, continuous population growth and practices of partible inheritance over time produced overpopulation, land scarcity, and rural poverty.’
    • ‘Powys withstood encroachments from England and Gwynedd throughout its existence, although the Welsh custom of partible inheritance caused rivalries among the ruling family.’
    • ‘Inheritance, following Islam, is partible, with male heirs receiving twice the share of equivalent female heirs.’
    • ‘Early transfers of property, large dowries, and a system of partible inheritance favored the entry of sons and sons-in-law into commercial ventures at an early age.’
    • ‘For example, kinship practices that once favored partible inheritance may be collectively reformulated to favor primogeniture in response to shrinking land allotments and population growth.’
    • ‘All the legal systems of France stipulated one form or another of partible inheritance.’
    • ‘Inheritance is partible, but practiced with flexibility.’
    • ‘Equal partible inheritance is the norm by both law and custom.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘able to be parted’): from late Latin partibilis, from Latin partiri ‘divide into parts’.