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heir +‎ -ship


heirship (countable and uncountable, plural heirships)

  1. The status of being heir to something or someone
    • 1858, Various, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 12, October, 1858[1]:
      He began to fear lest he should be obliged to fulfil the duty of heirship to the property deposited with him.
    • 1905, Editor-in-Chief: Rossiter Johnson, The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 8[2]:
      When that outworn empire perished with the fall of Constantinople, Ivan succeeded nominally at least to its heirship.
    • 1911, Bram Stoker, The Lair of the White Worm[3]:
      "After this the family interest merely rested on heirship of the estate.