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

    A writ for the recovery of that part of a decedent’s goods which he had alienated against the rights of his wife and children.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A writ which lay for the wife and children of a deceased person against his executors, to recover their reasonable part or share of his goods. 2 Bl. Comm. 492; Fitzh. Nat Brev. 122, L; Hopkins v. Wright, 17 Tex. 36.