Entry from US English dictionary
A principle of inheritance in which the right of succession belongs to the youngest son. Compare with primogeniture.
- 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.
- 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).
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