Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See courtesy.

Etymologies

Middle English courtesie; see courtesy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The misspelling tag is incorrect. A curtesy is a life estate that a widower has in land his son(s) will inherit.

    December 26, 2008