Assignment of dower
Assignment As*sign"ment, n. [LL. assignamentum: cf. OF. assenement.] 1. An allotting or an appointment to a particular person or use; or for a particular time, as of a cause or causes in court. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) (a) A transfer of title or interest by writing, as of lease, bond, note, or bill of exchange; a transfer of the whole of some particular estate or interest in lands. (b) The writing by which an interest is transferred. (c) The transfer of the property of a bankrupt to certain persons called assignees, in whom it is vested for the benefit of creditors. [1913 Webster]

{Assignment of dower}, the setting out by metes and bounds of the widow's thirds or portion in the deceased husband's estate, and allotting it to her. [1913 Webster]

Note: Assignment is also used in law as convertible with specification; assignment of error in proceedings for review being specification of error; and assignment of perjury or fraud in indictment being specifications of perjury or fraud. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Assignment of dower — Dower Dow er, n. [F. douaire, LL. dotarium, from L. dotare to endow, portion, fr. dos dower; akin to Gr. ? gift, and to L. dare to give. See 1st {Date}, and cf. {Dot} dowry, {Dotation}.] 1. That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assignment of dower — The remedy for segregating from the estate of a decedent the part to which the surviving spouse is entitled to by right of dower; the actual setting off or designation of that to which the surviving spouse is entitled by right of dower. 25 Am J2d …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • assignment of dower — The act by which the share of a widow in her deceased husband s real estate is ascertained and set apart to her …   Black's law dictionary

  • assignment of dower — The act by which the share of a widow in her deceased husband s real estate is ascertained and set apart to her …   Black's law dictionary

  • writ of dower — The common law process in obtaining an assignment of dower under the judgment of the court. 25 Am J2d Dow § 180 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • admeasurement of dower — A common law remedy which lay for the heir on reaching his majority to rectify an assignment of dower made during his minority, by which the doweress had received more than she was legally entitled to …   Black's law dictionary

  • admeasurement of dower — A common law remedy which lay for the heir on reaching his majority to rectify an assignment of dower made during his minority, by which the doweress had received more than she was legally entitled to …   Black's law dictionary

  • establishment of dower — Same as assignment of dower …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • segregation of dower — See assignment of dower …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Dower — Dow er, n. [F. douaire, LL. dotarium, from L. dotare to endow, portion, fr. dos dower; akin to Gr. ? gift, and to L. dare to give. See 1st {Date}, and cf. {Dot} dowry, {Dotation}.] 1. That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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