per stirpes

[pur stur-peez, per] .
noun Law.
pertaining to or noting a method of dividing an estate in which the descendants of a deceased person share as a group in the portion of the estate to which the deceased would have been entitled. Compare per capita ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1675–85; < Latin per stirpēs literally, by stocks

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In a per stirpes distribution, the heirs in the same generation may receive different amounts.
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