survivorship

survivorship

[ser-vahy-ver-ship]
noun
1.
the state of being a survivor.
2.
Law. a right of a person to property on the death of another having a joint interest: in the case of more than two joint tenants, the property passes to successive survivors.

Origin:
1615–25; survivor + -ship

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survivor (səˈvaɪvə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that survives
2.  property law one of two or more specified persons having joint interests in property who lives longer than the other or others and thereby becomes entitled to the whole property
 
survivorship
 
n

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