jointure

[join-cher]
noun Law.
1.
an estate or property settled on a woman in consideration of marriage, to be owned by her after her husband's death.
2.
Obsolete. a joint tenancy limited in favor of a husband and wife.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin junctūra, equivalent to junct- (see joint) + -ūra -ure

jointured, adjective
jointureless, adjective
unjointured, adjective
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jointure (ˈdʒɔɪntʃə)
 
n
1.  law
 a.  provision made by a husband for his wife by settling property upon her at marriage for her use after his death
 b.  the property so settled
2.  obsolete the act of joining or the condition of being joined
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin junctūra a joining]

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Example sentences
He will make you a hundred and fifty pounds jointure.
Of fruitful land, all of which shall be her jointure.
Note such places as attic louvers, jointure of chimney and house, and gable ends.
Jointure commissions are established by two or more school districts to provide for education of the handicapped.
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