jointure

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology[edit]

From Old French < Latin iūnctūra.

Noun[edit]

jointure (plural jointures)

  1. (obsolete) A joining; a joint.
  2. (law) An estate settled on a wife, which she is to enjoy after her husband's death, for her own life at least, in satisfaction of dower.
    • Shakespeare
      The jointure that your king must make, / Which with her dowry shall be counterpoised.
    • 1633, John Donne, Confined Love
      Beasts do no jointures lose
      Though they new lovers choose;
      But we are made worse than those.

Verb[edit]

jointure (third-person singular simple present jointures, present participle jointuring, simple past and past participle jointured)

  1. (transitive) To settle a jointure upon.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin iūnctūra.

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Noun[edit]

jointure f (plural jointures)

  1. (anatomy) joint

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