Curtesies
Curtesy Cur"te*sy (k?r"t?-s?), n.; pl. {Curtesies} (-s?z). [Either fr. courlesy, the lands being held as it were by favor; or fr. court (LL. curtis), the husband being regarded as holding the lands as a vassal of the court. See {Court}, {Courtesy}.] (Law) the life estate which a husband has in the lands of his deceased wife, which by the common law takes effect where he has had issue by her, born alive, and capable of inheriting the lands. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • curtesies — n. husband s right to inherit his wife s property after her death …   English contemporary dictionary

  • curtesy — ˈkərd.əsē noun or curtesy initiate (plural curtesies or curtesies initiate) Etymology: Middle English curtasy, curteisie, corteisie curtesy, courteous behavior more at courtesy : the future …   Useful english dictionary

  • Curtesy — Cur te*sy (k?r t? s?), n.; pl. {Curtesies} ( s?z). [Either fr. courlesy, the lands being held as it were by favor; or fr. court (LL. curtis), the husband being regarded as holding the lands as a vassal of the court. See {Court}, {Courtesy}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curtesy — [kʉrt′ə sē] n. pl. curtesies 〚var. of COURTESY〛 the life interest which a husband acquires in the lands of his wife upon her death, provided they have children capable of inheriting: curtesy has been altered or abolished by statute in many U.S.… …   Universalium

  • curtesy — /ˈkɜtəsi/ (say kertuhsee) noun (plural curtesies) the life tenure formerly enjoyed by a husband in his wife s land inheritance after her death, provided they had issue able to inherit: a tenancy by the curtesy. {variant of courtesy} …   Australian English dictionary

  • curtesy — [kʉrt′ə sē] n. pl. curtesies [var. of COURTESY] the life interest which a husband acquires in the lands of his wife upon her death, provided they have children capable of inheriting: curtesy has been altered or abolished by statute in many U.S.… …   English World dictionary

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