Definition of ultimogeniture in English:



mass nounLaw
  • 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).’
    • ‘Parts of England prior to 1925 and Germany during the Nazi period had laws of ultimogeniture, where property passed to the youngest son.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’