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[join-cher] /ˈdʒɔɪn tʃər/
noun, Law.
an estate or property settled on a woman in consideration of marriage, to be owned by her after her husband's death.
Obsolete. a joint tenancy limited in favor of a husband and wife.
Origin of jointure
1325-75; Middle English < Old French < Latin junctūra, equivalent to junct- (see joint) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
jointured, adjective
jointureless, adjective
unjointured, adjective Unabridged
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  1. provision made by a husband for his wife by settling property upon her at marriage for her use after his death
  2. the property so settled
(obsolete) the act of joining or the condition of being joined
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin junctūra a joining
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Word Origin and History for jointure

late 14c., "act or fact of being joined," from Old French jointure "a putting together," from Latin iunctura "a joining, juncture" (see juncture). Specific legal sense from mid-15c.

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