- Now Rare an act or instance of joining
- an arrangement by which a husband grants real property to his wife for her use after his death
- the property thus settled; widow's portion
- Obsolete the holding of property jointly
Origin of jointure; from Old French ; from Classical Latin junctura, a joining ; from jungere: see yoke
- Law a. The designation of property, held by one spouse (historically the husband) and jointly used by both spouses, to be provided to the other spouse (historically the wife) in the event of the death of the spouse holding the property.b. The property so designated.
- The act of joining or the state of being joined.
Origin of jointureMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin iūnctūra, joint; see juncture.
(third-person singular simple present jointures, present participle jointuring, simple past and past participle jointured)
- To settle a jointure upon.
jointure - Legal Definition
A life estate that reverts to a wife after her husband’s death.