from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A system of inheritance, such as is called in England borough-English, by which the youngest son succeeds to the estate: opposed to primogeniture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A system of
inheritancein which the youngestson or youngest child inherits an estate.
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The term for this form of inheritance is ultimogeniture.
Unlike primogeniture, ultimogeniture lays the responsibility for family continuity on the shoulders of the youngest, leaving the older ones to strike out on their own.
Jefferson would have been just as much opposed to it if it had been ultimogeniture, since what he objected to was the accumulation of property, not the fact that it was the eldest son who took all.