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n. from the days when a groom expected to profit from a marriage, the money and personal property which a bride brings to her new husband which becomes his alone. Dowry still exists in the Civil Code of Louisiana.

See: endowment

DOWRY. Formerly applied to mean that which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; this is now called a portion. This word is sometimes confounded with dower. Vide Co. Litt. 31; Civ. Code of Lo. art. 2317; Dig. 23, 3, 76; Code, 5, 12, 20.

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Marriage custom (dowery system) was regarded as 'bad tradition' (48.3%).
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But you dispensed my dowery's pence to those two vultures' claws?
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The count now occupied San Sepolcro and announced that he was holding it as security against recovery of his daughter's dowery. To recover San Sepolcro, Pope Eugenius sent Giovanni Vitelleschi, the condottiere-bishop who had shown such prowess in recovering other parts of the papal states, and whom he rewarded with the titles of Patriarch of Alexandria and Archbishop of Florence.
As mentioned earlier, the socioeconomic characteristics of the Chalt-Chaprote community are no different from what prevails in the other regions of this country, and in fact the South-Asia subcontinent (e.g., women have limited access to formal education and health facilities, low priority work, no decision-making power, denial of rights in inheritance, dowery, etc.).
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