the act of inheriting; inheritance ...1606 obs. rare
from Latin heredation-, heredatio (action of inheriting), from heredat-, past participial stem of heredare (to inherit) + Latin -iō (-ion)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1606 - see EXAMPLE below
"...For the Iewes doe comprise all titular rights vnder one of three: acquisition, like Abrahams (in the conqueis of the caue Gen. 23.) Heredation, like Isaacs (succeding thereto) lucrifaction, like Iacobs, whose wealth was the winning of his owne hand-hammers..."
From: The Blame of Kirk-Buriall tending to perswade Cemiteriall Civilitie
- William Birnie