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1. Law
a. The designation of property, held by one spouse (historically the husband) and jointly used by both spouses, to be provided to the other spouse (historically the wife) in the event of the death of the spouse holding the property.
b. The property so designated.
2. The act of joining or the state of being joined.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin iūnctūra, joint; see juncture.]
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1. (Law) law
a. provision made by a husband for his spouse by settling property upon her or him at marriage for her or his use after the husband's death
b. the property so settled
2. obsolete the act of joining or the condition of being joined
[C14: from Old French, from Latin junctūra a joining]
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(ˈdʒɔɪn tʃər)

an estate or property settled on a woman at marriage, to be owned by her in the event of her husband's death.
[1325–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin junctūra; see juncture]
join′tured, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jointure - (law) an estate secured to a prospective wife as a marriage settlement in lieu of a dower
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
estate - everything you own; all of your assets (whether real property or personal property) and liabilities
2.jointure - the act of making or becoming a single unitjointure - the act of making or becoming a single unit; "the union of opposing factions"; "he looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays"
compounding, combining, combination - the act of combining things to form a new whole
coalescence, coalescency, conglutination, coalition, concretion - the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts
reunification, reunion - the act of coming together again; "monetary unification precipitated the reunification of the German state in October 1990"
tribalisation, tribalization - the act of making tribal; unification on a tribal basis
umbrella - having the function of uniting a group of similar things; "the Democratic Party is an umbrella for many liberal groups"; "under the umbrella of capitalism"
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n (Jur) → Wittum nt
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Courtship, love, presents, jointures, settlements have no place in their thoughts, or terms whereby to express them in their language.
might have married the aunt before this, whose jointure you say is
"There was one circumstance which, though he did not appeal to it, had much weight with me in his favour, and that was the word jointure in the taylor's letter, whereas my aunt never had been married, and this Mr Fitzpatrick well knew.
Jennings was a widow with an ample jointure. She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to marry all the rest of the world.
And I suppose the old missis is agoing to leave after this stir's gotten overed, and take herself off, somewhere, to live on her bit of a jointure; and the young 'un - at least the new 'un (she's none so very young) - is coming down to live at the Grove.'
The Baronet owed his son a sum of money out of the jointure of his mother, which he did not find it convenient to pay; indeed he had an almost invincible repugnance to paying anybody, and could only be brought by force to discharge his debts.
Well, the jointure may comfort him; and perhaps, between friends, he began to tremble for his credit and his lungs in the Baron, and was not sorry to withdraw; and to make you amends, Yates, I think we must raise a little theatre at Mansfield, and ask you to be our manager."
(aided even by his mother's jointure) were quite inadequate fitly to defray the expenses of living at his splendid country-seat.
Wandering gusts laden with the deep resinous odors of the wood found their way through the imperfect jointure of the two cabins, swept her cheek and even stirred her long, wide-open lashes.
Her jointure ought to be according to her portion; but what fortune does she bring you?'
Then you can quit your house, leaving your jewels and giving up your jointure, and every one's mouth will be filled with praises of your disinterestedness.
His mother's jointure, a last relic of the opulence of Largelady Park, had enabled her to struggle along in Earlscourt with an air of gentility, but not to procure any serious secondary education for her children, much less give the boy a profession.