Dower

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Definition: Dower




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Dictionary Definition


n. an old English common law right of a widow to one-third of her late husband’s estate, which is still the law in a few US states. In those states, the surviving wife can choose either the dower rights or, if more generous, accept the terms of her husband’s will in what is called a widow’s election. In an obvious sexist imbalance, a surviving husband’s equivalent right (called curtesy) is to the wife’s entire estate, or if there are living children, to a life estate in everything.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Dower are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 27th April, 2020 | 2 Views.