One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A principle of inheritance in which the right of succession belongs to the youngest child.Compare with primogeniture
- ‘In the villages, there is a general rule of ultimogeniture (the youngest son and his family live with the parents, and he inherits the contents of the household).’
- ‘The name originated from a case in Nottingham in 1327 when the English borough, or part of the town, held to ultimogeniture, the French part to primogeniture.’
- ‘Historically, the cultural pattern of old age support was ultimogeniture and the youngest son would typically inherit the largest share of the parent's animals.’
- ‘Postmarital residence is neolocal, although flexible, as in the case of an ultimogeniture heir apparent, who remains at home.’
- ‘Parts of England prior to 1925 and Germany during the Nazi period had laws of ultimogeniture, where property passed to the youngest son.’
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