Any right privilege or ownership that you were entitled by delivery such as for instance an estate descendible legally to an heir or civil freedom under a totally free constitution esp the liberties or inheritance associated with first born
- an inheritance coming by right of delivery (especially by primogeniture)
- a right or privilege you are entitled to at birth
- personal faculties which can be inherited at beginning
- Any right, privilege, or ownership to which a person is entitled by birth, particularly an estate descendible by-law to an heir, or municipal liberty under a free constitution; esp. the rights or inheritance associated with the first born.
additionally birth-right, 1530s, from birth (letter.) + right (letter.). Used as an adjective from 1650s, particularly by Quakers.
(letter.) Any right, privilege, or ownership that one is entitled by delivery, such as for example an estate descendible by-law to an heir, or civil liberty under a totally free constitution; esp. the liberties or inheritance for the first-born.
There was no birthright attaching to the position of eldest son, but he usually acted as executor and after considering what each had already received equalized the shares.