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A competent livelihood of freehold for the wife, of lands and tenements; to take effect in profit or possession, presently after the death of the hushand, for the life of the wife at least.
To make a good jointure, the following circumstances must concur:
A jointure attended with all these circumstances is binding on the widow, and is a complete bar to the claim of dower; or rather it prevents its ever arising. But there are other modes of limiting an estate to a wife which are good jointures within the statute, provided the wife accepts of them after the death of the hushand. She may however, reject them and claim her dower. In its more enlarged sense, a jointure signifies a joint estate, limited to both hushand and wife.