Dower

Dower,

Definition of Dower:

  1. Dower provided a woman with increased financial security if their husband died without a will, known as intestate. In some states, a woman forfeited her right to dower if she becomes the guilty party in an annulment or divorce, usually caused by adultery. In modern times, inheritance rights applying to men and women are prevalent, making dower laws obsolete.

  2. A law which would give a widow a legal right to some or all of the property of her late husband. Very few places still have laws which require this. When it was practiced, a dower was either determined before a wedding, or a set percentage was required by law. A common dower was one-third of the husbands property. Dowers were often practiced as a way for the wife to be able to take care of herself and her children after the husbands death.

  3. Give a dowry to.

  4. A Dower is a common law that entitled a widow to a portion of her husband's estate in absence of a will. The provision of dower allowed the wife to provide for herself and any children born during the marriage. In most circumstances, the widow was granted up to one-third interest in her husband's assets.

  5. A widows share for life of her husbands estate.

Synonyms of Dower

Ability, Accouter, Appanage, Appoint, Bless with, Bump, Caliber, Capability, Capacity, Dot, Dowry, Endow, Endow with, Endowment, Endue, Equip, Equipment, Faculty, Favor with, Flair, Forte, Foundation, Furnish, Genius, Gift, Grace with, Instinct, Invest, Investment, Jointure, Legal jointure, Long suit, Makings, Marriage portion, Metier, Natural endowment, Natural gift, Outfit, Parts, Portion, Potential, Power, Powers, Qualification, Settle on, Settle upon, Settlement, Speciality, Strong flair, Strong point, Talent, Talents, The goods, The stuff, Thirds, Vest, Vest with, What it takes

How to use Dower in a sentence?

  1. A dower house.
  2. He was so short of money that he could not even dower his sister.

Meaning of Dower & Dower Definition