dotal property


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dotal property

An archaic term meaning the property the wife brings into a marriage in order to assist her husband in setting up the household.

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Unlike many other female testators, Call makes no mention of her dowry in her will, and so it is likely that the property she held at the end of her life represented more than her dotal property alone.