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DOTE UNDE NIHIL HABET Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

A writ which lies for a widow to whom no dower hasbeen assigned. 3 Bl. Comm. 182. By 23 & 24 Vict. c. 120, an ordinary actioncommenced by writ of summons lias taken its place; but it remains in force in theUnited States. Dower undo nihil habct (which title see.)Doti lex favet; praemium pudoris est; ideo parcatur. Co. Litt. 31. The law favorsdower; it is the reward of chastity; therefore let it be preserved.


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