Definition of partible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːtɪb(ə)l/


1(Of a property interest) divisible.
1.1Involving or denoting a system of inheritance in which a deceased person’s estate is divided equally among the heirs: the entire family lost status as a consequence of partible inheritance
More example sentences
  • Powys withstood encroachments from England and Gwynedd throughout its existence, although the Welsh custom of partible inheritance caused rivalries among the ruling family.
  • Particularly by the sixteenth century, however, an additional tension had been introduced into the system of partible inheritance.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /pɑːtɪˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • I use the Strathernian language of personal partibility intentionally here to describe these various transactions, for there are several aspects of ‘hot’ interpersonal agency involved in these and other kangakanga.
  • Thus the various ritual capacities of North Mekeo chiefs and sorcerers typify the sort of interpersonal agency implicit in Melanesian personal partibility.
  • Chapter 6 explores Strathern's notion of personal partibility with respect to hybridity models of Clifford and Latour.


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

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