Definition of parentelic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌparənˈtɛlɪk/


  • Of or relating to kinship or relation based on common ancestry; (Law) designating a system for determining next of kin and their shares of an estate.

    "parentelic scheme" noun Law a system of succession under which heirs are sought among surviving members, first of the deceased's parentela, then of the deceased's parents' parentela, then of the grandparents, and so on.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Frederic William Maitland (1850–1906), legal historian. From parentel- + -ic.