Definition of curtesy in English:

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curtesy

Pronunciation: /ˈkərdəsē/

noun (plural curtesies)

Law , historical
A tenure by which a husband, after his wife’s death, held certain kinds of property that she had inherited.
Example sentences
  • The wife's dower entitled her to one third of the husband's property on his death; curtesy, a similar right of the husband in the wife's property, accrued only if children had been born of the marriage.

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Syllabification: cur·te·sy

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