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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.
Ten yards farther on, John de Witt met a lovely young girl, of about seventeen or eighteen, dressed in the national costume of the Frisian women, who, with pretty demureness, dropped a curtesy to him.
She grinned cheerfully at us as she made a curtesy, and the overseer remarked that she had just been back to the house and had a baby.
Celebrating with the millionth passenger- Photo curtesy of Nile Air In just a few years since its foundation in 2006, the company has grown substantially to become the highest ranked airline in the Arab world in terms of growth, according to air travel intelligence company OAG.
Next week's movie magic is reserved for French films, curtesy of The Friends of the Cinema in collaboration with the Institut Francais de Chypre.
Scandinavian dramas like Borgen and The Bridge brought it our way, and the arrival of at-home 'hygge' to Northern Ireland, curtesy of Denmark, has made it a real keeper.
Dixon was halted in the second round by 'Iron' Mike Towell at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley after making an explosive start which saw his opponent crashing to the canvas curtesy of a swinging right hand.
The signing was carried out in Malabo and it began with an audience of curtesy and reception, during which the Head of State received the committee headed by the Assistant Secretary General of the UN and the Director General of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe.
The abolition of the fee tail and the replacement of dower and curtesy by the spousal elective forced share are prominent examples,52 and future interests have acquired a greater degree of alienability.
1) While the husband did not own her real property, he possessed the use, and if she predeceased him curtesy granted him a life estate, after which it went to their children: J.
Ever since the statutory elective share replaced dower and curtesy, courts have been trying to expand the property subject to the spouse's elective share.
h]e was utterly delighful; had time for each and every one of us; treated us with a delicate curtesy and consideration.