from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Joint inheritance or heirship of property. Also called parcenary.
- n. Joint ownership.
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- n. Joint inheritance or ownership of property.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Partnership in inheritance; joint heirship; joint right of succession to an inheritance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Partnership in inheritance; joint heirship; joint right of succession, or joint succession, to an estate of inheritance in lands.
A Hindu coparcenary is a much narrower body than a joint family.
This effort seems to have been remarkably successful not only in terms of disrupting the nobility, but over two millennia later Chinese communities still practice a system of coparcenary inheritance in which a family's assets are divided more or less equally between heirs who then can take their inheritance and steer their own course.
It includes only those persons who acquire by birth interest in the joint or coparcenary property, these being the sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of the holder of the joint property for the time being.