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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Definitions for jointure

  1. Property given to a woman upon marriage, to be owned by her after her husband's death.

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Citations for jointure
My mother's jointure in the event of her death was entailed to me upon my wedding, so long as I did not marry against my father's wishes. Jane Feather, Reckless Angel
When Lord Cranbourne cocked up his toes, Aunt Imogen had been left a jointure that made the earl's children gnash their teeth and mutter darkly about undue influence. Lauren Willig, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
Origin of jointure
1325-1375
Jointure stems from the Latin junctura, "join."