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 of dower for a widow against a tenant of lands whereof he was solely seised in fee simple, or fee-tail, and of which she is dowable.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A writ which lies for a widow to whom no dower has bcen assigned. 3 Bl. Comm. 182. By 23 & 24 Viet. c. 126, an ordinary action commenced by writ of summons has taken its place; but it remains in force in the United States. Dower unde nihil habet (which title see.)