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

    Tenant by the curtesy of England is where a man survives a wlfe who was seised in fee-simple or fee-tail of lands or tenements, and has had issue male or female by her born alive and capable of inheriting the wife's estate as heir to her; in which case he will, on the decease of his wlfe, hold the estate daring his life as tenant by the curtesy of England. 2 Crabb, Real Prop. { 1074.