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levirate definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the biblical institution whereby a man must marry the widow of his childless brother in order to maintain the brother's line

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin levir husband's brother; akin to Old English t?cor husband's brother, Greek da?r Date: 1725 the sometimes compulsory marriage of a widow to a brother of her deceased husband leviratic adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a custom of the ancient Jews and some other peoples by which a man is obliged to marry his brother's widow. Derivatives: leviratic adj. leviratical adj. Etymology: L levir brother-in-law + -ATE(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Levirate Lev"i*rate (l[e^]v"[i^]*r[asl]t), Leviratical Lev`i*rat"ic*al (-r[a^]t"[i^]*kal), a. [L. levir a husband's brother, brother-in-law; akin to Gr. dah`r: cf. F. l['e]virat leviration.] Of, pertaining to, or in accordance with, a law of the ancient Israelites and other tribes and races, according to which a woman, whose husband died without issue, was married to the husband's brother. The firstborn son of a leviratical marriage was reckoned and registered as the son of the deceased brother. --Alford.



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