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patrimony n

pl: -nies
[Middle French patrimonie, from Latin patrimonium, from patr- pater father]
1 : an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor [to deprive her and her coheirs of their "Wells Fargo Bank v. Kincaid, 260 Cal. App. 2d 120 (1968)"]
2 : an estate or endowment belonging to a church [the property of a dissolved parish shall pass to the of the diocese]
3 in the civil law of Louisiana
: the net assets of a person
: the sum of a person's assets and liabilities [reimbursement shall be made from the of the spouse who owes reimbursement "Louisiana Civil Code"]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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