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A person's birth or parentage.
- ‘In this little tract, the ingenious Artist may meet with a concise method for calculating and judging a nativity; unto which I refer the desirous reader for further satisfaction in this geniture.’
- ‘It doth also portend in some genitures sudden preferment, but an unlucky end thereof.’
Late Middle English: from Old French geniture or Latin genitura, from the root of gignere ‘beget’.
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