Dower and curtesy definition (noun)
Dower and curtesy are specific terms for a spouse’s right to inherit a portion of another deceased spouse’s estate. Dower is the wife’s claim, while curtesy refers to the husband’s claim.
Dower and curtsey used to differ in amount based on state, but the benefits have since been equalized for gender equality. It is common for the terms to be called statutory or elective share collectively.