American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See courtesy.
- n. The tenure that a man is entitled to over the property of his deceased wife if there is a child who could inherit it.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- Middle English courtesie; see courtesy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Last week's term was dower and curtesy, which is defined as:”
““Hello, girls,” Ivy said, thinking the curtesy was the ultimate irony since the two of them had forced their way in.”
“Aug. 2nd, Monday, Mr. William Diggs his philosophicall curtesy all day.”
“I know everyone gets so focused on those that die in war, but the ones who die at home deserve the same amount of "curtesy" as those who die at war.”
“Please point out if the same "curtesy" is given to Jews in Saudi Arabia?”
“Nearly 30 years later I still remember that sight, I don't mind it myself but I would have some common curtesy not to do it in line of sight of any local kids or people that it might really bother.”
“When I still lived in georgia I fished on 2 private streams all the time, with standing permission, but I still gave a curtesy call before hand anyway.”
“Racism here is quite prominent and goes in all directions, so much that it's silly even to expect ordinary human curtesy from persons of other races.”
“It drives me bonkers to see American celebrities curtesy and get twitterpaited to meet the British monarchy.”
“Will the gentleman from Oklahoma [Senator Imhoff] please explain to me whatever happened to common curtesy, decency, and respect.”
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