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  • adj. Of or pertaining to patrimony
  • adj. Legally inherited from one or more ancestors

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a patrimony; inherited from ancestors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a patrimony; inherited from an ancestor or ancestors: as, a patrimonial estate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent


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  • Instead, it strengthened what he calls "patrimonial capitalism"-a system in which the key determinant of success is how close you are to those in power.

    The New Yorker

  • HAVING set forth, in the two preceding chapters, the nature of a commonwealth institutive, by the consent of many men together; I come now to speak of dominion, or a body politic by acquisition, which is commonly called a patrimonial kingdom.

    The Elements of Law Natural and Politic

  • (eventually seventeen) were summoned, but for ordinary meetings for the purpose of money levies only those of the so-called patrimonial or old

    History of Holland

  • Claes said Sizarail had taken over a run-down rail network and brought it up to an efficient one, with a contract that should have continued to 2000, with a mandate to improve the network, increase traffic and prepare for a "patrimonial" system.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Calasans of CFEMEA said the new law establishes that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights, and makes other forms of violence punishable by prison sentences, such as patrimonial or economic violence, which is the restriction or denial of access to shared or family property.

    IPS Inter Press Service

  • But it is also true that in the social and in the management level (in particular at the patrimonial level), Barcelona has important adjustments where immediate action is needed and this forms part of the base of my electoral program.

    Juan Arango: An Interview With Sandro Rosell (Part One)

  • For now there seems to be a wide popular consensus around the shape of the new Sri Lanka: patrimonial, nepotistic, nationalistic and militarized.

    Rajapaksa Makes a Move

  • During this same period of Flotilla Face-Offs with the IDF, Pakistan, my nation of matrilineal and patrimonial heritage has witnessed the extraordinary massacre of 120 moderate, pacifist Muslims, followers of the Ahmadiyyah movement that subscribes to peaceful, pluralistic Islam.

    Qanta Ahmed, MD: Israel and the Flotilla: On the Dangers of a Binary View

  • Changes in the reserve boundary in 1993 and the creation of “patrimony forest” which allowed colonization and communal land title were significant tenure shifts, although the patrimonial forest creation did appear to help maintain forest cover within the park as a whole.

    Protected areas

  • There have been many political wars over them and at the latest attempt to remove them from the federal land of the park, Bubba's neighbor, Compañero Zero or the media star previously known as Comandante Marcos, came to demonstrate with the vendors that it was their patrimonial right to sell cheap Taiwan made imitation Mayan masks, hammocks, bracelets, etc within the grounds of the monument.

    Intensive Spanish on the Collectivo


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