Definition of ultimogeniture in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəltəmōˈjeniCHər/ /-ˌCHo͝or/ /ˈˌəltəˌmoʊˈdʒɛnəˌtʃər/


  • A principle of inheritance in which the right of succession belongs to the youngest child.

    ‘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.’
    Compare with primogeniture
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’