Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Same as Courtesy.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The estate to which by common law a man is entitled, on the death of his wlfe, in the lands or tenements of which she was seised in possession in fee-simple or in tall during her coverture, provided they have had lawful issue bom alive which might have bsen capable of inheriting the estate. It is a freehold estate for the term of his natural llfe. 1 Washb. Reni Prop. 127; 2 Bl. Comm. 126; Co. Litt. 30a; Dozier v. Toalson, 180 Mn. 546, 79 S. W. 420, 103 Am. St. Rep. 586; Valentine v. Hutchinson. 43 Misc. Rep. 314, 88 N. Y. Supp. 862; Redus v. Hayden, 43 Miss. 614; Billings v. Baker, 28 Barb. (N. Y.) 343; Templeton v. Twitty, 88 Tenn. 595, 14 S. W. 435; Jackson v. Johnsen, 5 Cow. (N. Y.) 74, 15 Am. Dee, 433; Ryan v. Freeman, 36 Miss. 175. Initiate and consummate. Curtesy initiate is the interest which a husband has in his wife's estate after the birth of issue capable of inheriting, and before the death of the wife; after her death, it becomes an estate "by the curtesy consummate." Wait v. Wait, 4 Barb. (N. Y.) 206; Churchill v. Hudson (G Ct) 34 Fed. 14; Turner v. Heinberg, 30 Ind. App. 615, 65 N. E. 294.