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[e-stoh-verz] /ɛˈstoʊ vərz/
plural noun, Law.
necessaries allowed by law, as wood and timber to a tenant or alimony to a spouse.
Origin of estovers
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, noun use of Old French estovoir, estover to be necessary ≪ Latin est opus there is need Unabridged
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plural noun
(law) a right allowed by law to tenants of land to cut timber, esp for fuel and repairs
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French, plural of estover, n use of Old French estovoir to be necessary, from Latin est opus there is need
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