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; gift. [1913 Webster]

How great, how plentiful, how rich a dower! --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

Man in his primeval dower arrayed. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. The property with which a woman is endowed; especially: (a) That which a woman brings to a husband in marriage; dowry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

His wife brought in dower Cilicia's crown. --Dryden. (b) (Law) That portion of the real estate of a man which his widow enjoys during her life, or to which a woman is entitled after the death of her husband. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

Note: Dower, in modern use, is and should be distinguished from dowry. The former is a provision for a widow on her husband's death; the latter is a bride's portion on her marriage. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

{Assignment of dower}. See under {Assignment}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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… …   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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