curtesy

noun cur·te·sy \ ˈkər-tə-sē \

Definition of curtesy

plural curtesies
: 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 and Etymology of curtesy

Middle English corteisie courtesy


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curtesy

noun cur·te·sy \ ˈkər-tə-sē \

legal Definition of curtesy

plural curtesies
: a husband's interest at common law in a life estate upon the death of his wife in the real property that she either solely owned or inherited provided that they bore a child capable of inheriting the property — compare dower, elective share

Origin and Etymology of curtesy

Anglo-French curteisie, literally, favor, courtesy, originally in the phrase par la corteysie de Engleterre (tenancy) by courtesy of (the law of) England (as opposed to natural right)


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