jointure


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jointure \Join"ture\, n. [F. jointure a joint, orig., a joining,
   L. junctura, fr. jungere to join. See Join, and cf.
   Juncture.]
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   1. A joining; a joint. [Obs.]
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   2. (Law) An estate settled on a wife, which she is to enjoy
      after husband's decease, for her own life at least, in
      satisfaction of dower.
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            The jointure that your king must make,
            Which with her dowry shall be counterpoised. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jointure \Join"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jointured; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Jointuring.]
   To settle a jointure upon.
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