Definition of "curtesy"
  1. An outdated common law privilege that grants a surviving husband the right to the property of his deceased wife, provided they had a child or children who could inherit the land
How to use "curtesy" in a sentence
  1. The old man continued to live on his wife's estate under the law of curtesy following her death.
  2. Despite having no personal claim to the property, he was protected by curtesy after his wife's sudden demise.
  3. The law of curtesy allowed him to maintain his lifestyle on his late wife's estate.

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