Marriage portion

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MARRIAGE PORTION. That property which is given to a woman on her marriage. Vide Dowry.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"You give me the hundred thousand guilders as a marriage portion, don't you?
He chose a husband for her, entirely to his own satisfaction and not in the least to hers, and proceeded to settle upon her, as her marriage portion, I don't know how much Dust, but something immense.
For this reason, Phaleas the Chalcedonian first proposed, that the fortunes of the citizens should be equal, which he thought was not difficult to accomplish when a community was first settled, but that it was a work of greater difficulty in one that had been long established; but yet that it might be effected, and an equality of circumstances introduced by these means, that the rich should give marriage portions, but never receive any, while the poor should always receive, but never give.
DOWRY or marriage portion commonly known as Jahez and a dominant social evil in subcontinental countries including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is what is demanded by bridegroom or his family and which a bride and her family gives to a husband's house: Dowry may include anything and everything meant for use in any house and house-hold and for compulsory, necessary or luxury use at any present or future time!