curtesy
cur·te·sy /'kər-tə-sē/ n pl -sies [Anglo-French curteisie, literally, favor, courtesy, originally in the phrase par la corteysie de Engleterre (tenancy) by courtesy of (the law of) England (as opposed to natural right)]: a husband's interest at common law in a life estate upon the death of his wife in the real property that she either solely owned or inherited provided that they bore a child capable of inheriting the property compare dower, elective share

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

curtesy
n.
A common-law right of a husband to take a life estate in all of his wife’s lands if she dies before him, usually only applicable if they had children together; curtesy has been abolished or modified in most states. See also dower

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


curtesy
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


curtesy
n. Under the common law, a husband's entitlement to a life estate in all the land that his wife possessed at her death in either fee simple or fee tail, provided the couple had a living child who was capable of inheriting his or her mother's estate. This right has been abolished in most states.
See also dower.
@ curtesy consummate
The name of a husband's right of curtesy after his wife's death.
@ curtesy initiate
The name of a husband's right of curtesy before his wife's death, once the right is created upon the birth of the couple's first child.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


curtesy
An estate to which a man is entitled by common-law right on the death of his wife, in all the lands that his wife owned at any time during their marriage, provided a child is born of the marriage who could inherit the land.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


curtesy
An estate to which a man is entitled by common-law right on the death of his wife, in all the lands that his wife owned at any time during their marriage, provided a child is born of the marriage who could inherit the land.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

curtesy
n.
   in old common law, the right of a surviving husband to a life estate in the lands of his deceased wife, if they had a surviv- ing child or children who would inherit the land. A few states still recognize this charming anachro- nism.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • curtesy — [kʉrt′ə sē] n. pl. curtesies 〚var. of COURTESY〛 the life interest which a husband acquires in the lands of his wife upon her death, provided they have children capable of inheriting: curtesy has been altered or abolished by statute in many U.S.… …   Universalium

  • curtesy — [kʉrt′ə sē] n. pl. curtesies [var. of COURTESY] the life interest which a husband acquires in the lands of his wife upon her death, provided they have children capable of inheriting: curtesy has been altered or abolished by statute in many U.S.… …   English World dictionary

  • Curtesy — Cur te*sy (k?r t? s?), n.; pl. {Curtesies} ( s?z). [Either fr. courlesy, the lands being held as it were by favor; or fr. court (LL. curtis), the husband being regarded as holding the lands as a vassal of the court. See {Court}, {Courtesy}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curtesy — This article is about the legal doctrine of curtesy. For the concept of courtesy, please see the article on etiquette. : Note that the content of this article, taken from a 1911 encyclopedia, is probably now out of date and largely of historical… …   Wikipedia

  • curtesy — The common law right of a husband in his wife s property which arises from the marriage. An estate by the curtesy is either curtesy initiate or curtesy consummate. 25 Am J2d Dow § 2. See curtesy consummate; curtesy initiate …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • curtesy — /kartasiy/ The estate to which by common law a man is entitled, on the death of his wife, in the lands or tenements of which she was seised in possession in fee simple or in tail during her coverture, provided they have had lawful issue born… …   Black's law dictionary

  • curtesy — /kartasiy/ The estate to which by common law a man is entitled, on the death of his wife, in the lands or tenements of which she was seised in possession in fee simple or in tail during her coverture, provided they have had lawful issue born… …   Black's law dictionary

  • curtesy — ˈkərd.əsē noun or curtesy initiate (plural curtesies or curtesies initiate) Etymology: Middle English curtasy, curteisie, corteisie curtesy, courteous behavior more at courtesy : the future …   Useful english dictionary

  • Curtesy — A common law right of a husband to the estate and property of his deceased wife. Also known as statutory share, the rights apply to the man if a child was born during the lifetime of the marriage. When a man s spouse dies, he becomes the… …   Investment dictionary

  • curtesy — /ˈkɜtəsi/ (say kertuhsee) noun (plural curtesies) the life tenure formerly enjoyed by a husband in his wife s land inheritance after her death, provided they had issue able to inherit: a tenancy by the curtesy. {variant of courtesy} …   Australian English dictionary

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