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 for Assignment of dower
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assignment \As*sign"ment\, n. [LL. assignamentum: cf. OF.
     1. An allotting or an appointment to a particular person or
        use; or for a particular time, as of a cause or causes in
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     2. (Law)
        (a) A transfer of title or interest by writing, as of
            lease, bond, note, or bill of exchange; a transfer of
            the whole of some particular estate or interest in
        (b) The writing by which an interest is transferred.
        (c) The transfer of the property of a bankrupt to certain
            persons called assignees, in whom it is vested for the
            benefit of creditors.
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     Assignment of dower, the setting out by metes and bounds of
        the widow's thirds or portion in the deceased husband's
        estate, and allotting it to her.
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     Note: Assignment is also used in law as convertible with
           specification; assignment of error in proceedings for
           review being specification of error; and assignment of
           perjury or fraud in indictment being specifications of
           perjury or fraud.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dower \Dow"er\, n. [F. douaire, LL. dotarium, from L. dotare to
     endow, portion, fr. dos dower; akin to Gr. ? gift, and to L.
     dare to give. See 1st Date, and cf. Dot dowry,
     1. That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift.
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              How great, how plentiful, how rich a dower! --Sir J.
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              Man in his primeval dower arrayed.    --Wordsworth.
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     2. The property with which a woman is endowed; especially:
        (a) That which a woman brings to a husband in marriage;
            dowry. [Obs.]
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                  His wife brought in dower Cilicia's crown.
        (b) (Law) That portion of the real estate of a man which
            his widow enjoys during her life, or to which a woman
            is entitled after the death of her husband.
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     Note: Dower, in modern use, is and should be distinguished
           from dowry. The former is a provision for a widow on
           her husband's death; the latter is a bride's portion on
           her marriage. --Abbott.
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     Assignment of dower. See under Assignment.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ASSIGNMENT OF DOWER. The act by which the rights of a widow, in her deceased
  husband's real estate, are ascertained and set apart for her benefit. 2
  Bouv. Inst. 242.

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