• WordNet 3.6
    • adj patrimonial inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent "ancestral home","ancestral lore","hereditary monarchy","patrimonial estate","transmissible tradition"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Patrimonial Of or pertaining to a patrimony; inherited from ancestors; as, a patrimonial estate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • patrimonial Pertaining to a patrimony; inherited from an ancestor or ancestors: as, a patrimonial estate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Patrimonial pertaining to a patrimony: inherited from ancestors
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  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.”
  • Rafael Sabatini
    Rafael Sabatini
    “He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. And that was all his patrimony.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. patrimonialis,: cf. F. patrimonial,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. patrimoine—L. patrimonium, a paternal estate—pater, patris, a father.


In literature:

Their boy was left to the guardianship of relatives, who cheated him of his little patrimony, and compelled him to adopt a religious life.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The next development was a movement to secure restoration, at least in part, of patrimony and station.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Sara had less than a half share of the poetic patrimony.
"By-ways in Book-land" by William Davenport Adams
At the first chance they will return, and thenceforth will cling to their patrimonies, however poor these be.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
He had a rich widowed mother at Kassa, from whom, when he came of age, he was to take over his patrimony.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
I collected the balance of my patrimony, and resolved to risk every thing on my revenge.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
His patrimony and his wife's dowry must both have been trifling.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
After the patrimony had been eliminated, a major incentive for submission to the patriarch had disappeared.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
They are the patrimony of the human race.
"Above the Battle" by Romain Rolland
Lawsuits and bad management had reduced the once extensive patrimony of our family to a small farm.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. 9" by Various
A very small patrimony for the owner of this castle.
"Trevethlan: Volume 1" by William Davy Watson
In either case the United States would enter upon the patrimony of the British Empire.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
He is a spendthrift, and has wasted all his patrimony.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
You can hardly expect Gertrude to beg you to save her little patrimony for her.
"A Romance in Transit" by Francis Lynde
Church property was the patrimony of the poor.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
My personal patrimony, as I tell you, is limited to six crowns.
"Marguerite de Valois" by Alexandre Dumas
His small patrimony was long since spent, and his wife's ample fortune had shrunk to a mere pittance.
"Oldfield" by Nancy Huston Banks
He was looked upon as a rising man, poor in patrimony, but sure to force his way to better things.
"Jasper Lyle" by Harriet Ward
Deprived of her small patrimony by her brothers' rapacity, she betook herself to Constantinople to obtain redress at court.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
He inherited an independent patrimony.
"Cannibals all!" by George Fitzhugh

In poetry:

Flowers spring forth, though stony
The ground where it fell, and cold.
Never did patrimony
Bear fruitage so many fold.
"Hamar-Made Matches" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The Knight was rich as Knight might be
In patrimonial wealth;
And rich in nature's gifts was he,
In youth, and strength, and health.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
The book besides was none of mine. Indeed
It must at any rate belong to th' daughter;
It is her whole, her only patrimony -
Save she has you. God grant you ne'er have reason
To sorrow for the much you've done for her.
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

In snowy Sweden, where pine planks and the democratic design incubator Ikea reign supreme, a local architect pays homage to his patrimony, making a small, slatty home feel like a rather big deal.
" Patrimony " Answers All Your Questions About Swiss Watch Making.
The Holocaust, Ethics and Cultural Patrimony .
Don't Mess With Our Cultural Patrimony .'.
"To raise its commercial value, they added the other material and the leg," said Blanca Alva, the Peruvian Culture Ministry official in charge of protecting the country's patrimony.
Forget whatever else you hear about energy policy, the real fight — and the real political problem — this year in Congress will be how to deal with our nagging reliance on the most abundant component of our carbon-based patrimony: coal.