noun \ˈkər-tə-sē\
plural cur·te·sies

Definition of CURTESY

:  a husband's interest upon the death of his wife in the real property of an estate that she either solely owned or inherited provided they bore a child capable of inheriting the estate — compare dower

Origin of CURTESY

Middle English corteisie courtesy
First Known Use: 1523

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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