Vocabulary: primogeniture


Title: Game Change
Author: John Heilemann
Author: Mark Halperin
Sentence: In a party governed by primogeniture, he was now the presumptive front-runner.
Page: 272

Word: primogeniture
Definition:
  • The state of being the first born or eldest child of the same parents.
  • [Law] The right of the eldest child, especially the eldest son, to inherit the entire estate of one or both parents.
   Source: TheFreeDictionary.com

Context: John McCain entering the Republican primary after the midterm elections of 2006.

This word was not completely unknown to me. I have heard it used but if asked to provide a definition I would have had problems.

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