Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not partible; indivisible: an impartible inheritance.

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  • adj. Not partible; not subject to partition; indivisible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being imparted or communicated.
  • adj. Not partible; not subject to partition; indivisible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being imparted, conferred, bestowed, or communicated.
  • Not partible or subject to partition: as, an impartible estate.

Etymologies

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im- +‎ partible

Examples

  • The remaining farming class in Ireland was more inclined to practice impartible inheritance and primogeniture: one son inherited, and represented an eligible partner for one daughter of another farming family, who was, in turn, expected to bring with her a sizeable dowry.

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  • The farming class that predominated in post-famine Ireland turned increasingly to the restrictive practices of impartible inheritance, primogeniture, and the arranged match, with family hopes and resources pinned on the inheriting son and the first-married daughter.

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  • Farmers practiced more cautious management of family land and greater control over marital arrangements in order to ensure the careful transfer of property to the following generation (reflected in the increasing incidence of the arranged match in post-famine Ireland and the wholesale shift to impartible inheritance).

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  • Still, as noted earlier, testation practices in Newfoundland did not always conform to an English norm of primogeniture and impartible inheritance, even among the local elite.

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  • Declaring that primogeniture and impartible inheritance were inappropriate for Newfoundland circumstances, the act provided that real property in intestate estates should be distributed, like personal property, as chattel interests.

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  • While this was a deviation for the English population (particularly the middle-class English), who had come from a legal tradition of primogeniture and impartible inheritance, it was less a departure for the Irish population, for whom communal property and partible inheritance had been long-standing customary practices.

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  • By contrast, in Ireland, a move to impartible inheritance coincided with the decline in women's economic and social status, particularly from the mid-nineteenth century onwards.

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  • The code also allowed for partitioning of estates, thus contravening the tradition of impartible inheritance and, historians have argued, contributing to France's increasingly low birthrates as families sought to pass their land on intact.

    1802, March 27

  • There is, therefore, no escape: soul is, in the degree indicated, one and many, parted and impartible.

    The Six Enneads.

  • Now let us eliminate the corporeal mass of the hand, retaining the power it exerted: is not that power, the impartible, present integrally over the entire area of control?

    The Six Enneads.

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