from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. That can be parted, divided, or separated; divisible: a partible estate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Admitting of being parted; divisible; separable; susceptible of severance or partition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being parted or separated; divisible; separable; susceptible of severance or partition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of e.g. property) capable of being parted or divided
The latter is distinctively the "custom of Kent," and signifies that the land was "partible," and inherited by the sons in equal shares, the youngest son retaining the homestead, and making compensation to his brethren for this addition to his share.
Note 36: On marriage strategies and partible inheritance see Dooling, "The Making of a Colonial Elite," 157 – 62. back
Settlers brought with them the idea of land as a partible, bounded commodity, owned by an individual (or self-selected partnership), transferable, and exclusive in perpetuity.
In the context of partible inheritance, marriage to close kin was one way of keeping farms from being parceled into tracts too small to be productive. 33
Dutch practices of community property in marriage and partible family inheritance assured a surviving spouse half the couple's wealth and an equal portion for each child.
At the time of his marriage, his youngest siblings were not yet born, but adding a child or two to the partible inheritance equation would not have changed his prospects substantially.
In contrast, the Puritan settlers of New England came from East Anglia, where inheritance was traditionally partible.
And some colonial innovations—particularly partible inheritance—survived every attack.
As inheritance law evolved at the local level, the legal system accommodated local customary practices that advocated a more gender-inclusive system of partible inheritance than did the English tradition revolving around the male line of descent.
The importance of property to Newfoundland fishing families was reflected in the evolution of a system of usage and customary practices in which title by quiet possession and partible inheritance featured prominently and were recognized by the local community.
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