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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
Jointure stems from the Latin junctura, "join."