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levirate

[lev-er-it, -uh-reyt, lee-ver-it, -vuh-reyt] /ˈlɛv ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt, ˈli vər ɪt, -vəˌreɪt/
noun
1.
the custom of marriage by a man with his brother's widow, such marriage required in Biblical law if the deceased was childless. Deut. 25:5–10.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Latin lēvir husband's brother (akin to Greek dāḗr, Sanskrit devar, Old English tācor) + -ate3
Related forms
leviratic
[lev-uh-rat-ik, lee-vuh-] /ˌlɛv əˈræt ɪk, ˌli və-/ (Show IPA),
leviratical, adjective
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Examples for levirate
  • Polygyny was practiced, usually sororal, and the levirate was also present.
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levirate

/ˈlɛvɪrɪt/
noun
1.
the practice, required by Old Testament law, of marrying the widow of one's brother
Derived Forms
leviratic (ˌlɛvɪˈrætɪk), leviratical, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin lēvir a husband's brother
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Word Origin and History for levirate
levirate
1725, from L. levir "brother-in-law" + -ate.
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