dower and curtesy

Definition of "dower and curtesy"
  1. The entitlement of a surviving spouse to a portion of the deceased spouse's estate, traditionally distinguished as dower for a wife and curtesy for a husband, but now generally equal regardless of sex
How to use "dower and curtesy" in a sentence
  1. In many states, dower and curtesy rights have been replaced by statutory share rights for surviving spouses.
  2. Some real estate transactions can be affected by dower and curtesy rights of the other spouse.
  3. Dower and curtesy were historically gender-based but now typically provide equality between spouses.

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