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leviratical

leviratical


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Levirate  \Lev"i*rate\  (l[e^]v"[i^]*r[asl]t),  Leviratical 
  \Lev`i*rat"ic*al\  (-r[a^]t"[i^]*kal),  a.  [L.  levir  a  husband's 
  brother,  brother-in-law;  akin  to  Gr  dah`r:  cf  F.  l['e]virat 
  leviration.] 
  Of  pertaining  to  or  in  accordance  with  a  law  of  the 
  ancient  Israelites  and  other  tribes  and  races,  according  to 
  which  a  woman,  whose  husband  died  without  issue,  was  married 
  to  the  husband's  brother. 
 
  The  firstborn  son  of  a  leviratical  marriage  was 
  reckoned  and  registered  as  the  son  of  the  deceased 
  brother.  --Alford.