Definition of partible in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a society with partible inheritance rather than primogeniture, marginalized wives, daughters, and second sons made family relations simultaneously complementary and conflictual.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Equal partible inheritance is the norm by both law and custom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inheritance is partible, but practiced with flexibility.’
    • ‘What might lead to marital disaster elsewhere works among the Canela because the men believe in partible paternity.’
    • ‘Inheritance, following Islam, is partible, with male heirs receiving twice the share of equivalent female heirs.’
    • ‘The answer probably comes from the practice of partible inheritance, there being at times more than one East Saxon king.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Particularly by the sixteenth century, however, an additional tension had been introduced into the system of partible inheritance.’
    • ‘In principle, both men and women own property such as land, buildings, and animals, and inheritance is partible.’
    • ‘Equally influenced by the nobility's strong tradition of partible inheritance, noblewomen shared men's overwhelming preference for naming immediate family members as heirs.’
    • ‘Large families and the practice of partible inheritance strained lands that under the best circumstances could only sustain sparse populations.’
    • ‘Powys withstood encroachments from England and Gwynedd throughout its existence, although the Welsh custom of partible inheritance caused rivalries among the ruling family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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