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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


(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]
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Mrs Honour appeared below-stairs, and with a low curtesy to the squire offered to attend her mistress; but he pushed her away, saying, "Hold, madam, hold, you come no more near my house." "And will you take my maid away from me?" said Sophia.
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