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jointure Syllabification: join·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈjoin(t)SHər/

Definition of jointure in English:


An estate settled on a wife for the period during which she survives her husband, in lien of a dower.
Example sentences
  • The unmarried and widows often engaged in litigation related to marriage settlements, jointures, uses and trusts.
  • We must destroy them and we must form jointures and bring the best teachers and the best equipment under one roof.
  • Through an unusual jointure, announced in October, it became the dance programming division of the Trust.


Middle English (in the sense 'junction, joint'): from Old French, from Latin junctura (see juncture). In late Middle English the term denoted the joint holding of property by a husband and wife for life, whence the current sense.

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