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Definition of "jointure" []

  • Law An arrangement by which a man sets aside property to be used for the support of his wife after his death. (noun)
  • Law The property so designated. (noun)
  • The act of joining or the state of being joined. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jointure" in a sentence
  • "“There was one circumstance which, though he did not appeal to it, had much weight with me in his favour, and that was the word jointure in the taylor’s letter, whereas my aunt never had been married, and this Mr. Fitzpatrick well knew. —"
  • ""There was one circumstance which, though he did not appeal to it, had much weight with me in his favour, and that was the word jointure in the taylor's letter, whereas my aunt never had been married, and this"
  • "Most of the great families in England have a secondary residence, which is called a jointure-house: let the new house be of that kind. '"