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n. pl. cur·te·sies
The life tenure that by common law is held by a man over the property of his deceased wife if children with rights of inheritance were born during the marriage.
[Middle English courtesie; see courtesy.]
the tenure that a widower holds over the property of his deceased wife
cur•te•sy(ˈkɜr tə si)
n., pl. -sies.
the life tenure formerly enjoyed by a husband in his wife's land inheritance after her death, provided they had issue able to inherit.
[1515–25; variant of courtesy]