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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Curtesy  \Cur"te*sy\  (k?r"t?-s?),  n.;  pl  {Curtesies}  (-s?z). 
  [Either  fr  courlesy,  the  lands  being  held  as  it  were  by 
  favor;  or  fr  court  (LL.  curtis),  the  husband  being  regarded 
  as  holding  the  lands  as  a  vassal  of  the  court.  See  {Court}, 
  {Courtesy}.]  (Law) 
  the  life  estate  which  a  husband  has  in  the  lands  of  his 
  deceased  wife,  which  by  the  common  law  takes  effect  where  he 
  has  had  issue  by  her  born  alive,  and  capable  of  inheriting 
  the  lands.  --Mozley  &  W.