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widow

n. a woman whose husband died while she was married to him and has not since remarried. A divorced woman whose ex-husband dies is not a widow, except for the purpose of certain Social Security benefits traceable to the ex-husband.

widow

a woman who has survived her husband.

WIDOW. An unmarried woman whose husband is dead.
     2. In legal writings, widow is an addition given to a woman who is unmarried and whose husband is dead. The addition of spinster is given to a woman who never was married. Lovel. on Wills, 269. See Addition. As to the rights of a widow, seq Dower.

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Noting that poorer women are more likely to become widowed because of large spousal age gaps in poorer households - often sustained by harmful practices like child marriage - and a lower life expectancy of poor men, she observed that 'many widows also struggle to maintain economic security in the face of discriminatory inheritance laws'.
It is all about believing in themselves and trusting in God," she advised those who have been widowed at a young age.
Without devaluing the dignity of marriage, he affirms that widowed chastity is a greater good.
In addition to giving a widowed client empathetic support, an advisor should encourage her to take part in grief classes or support groups offered by local hospices, congregations or online resources.
A few years ago I was given PS1 extra for my son; this was knocked off my widowed mother's allowance.
The wives of missing men often cannot remarry because they lack proof of being widowed. Secondly, under the prevailing Family Law, they have to wait at least seven years before entering another marriage.
Likewise, widowed in her twenties, 62-year-old Lakhi from Kolkata immediately chose to move to Vrindavan.
The foundation was established in 1997 by Raj and Veena Loomba in honor of Loomba's mother, who was widowed at the age of 37 in India when her husband died of tuberculosis and raised her seven children by herself.
"Widows Wear Stilettos: A Practical and Emotional Guide for The Young Widow" is a self-help guide for those who have been widowed at a young age.
Francis Barker, Katharine Eisaman Maus, and others have argued for the complex interrelationships between theatricality and different ideologies of inwardness and privacy in the period, and this particular play by Chapman pursues similar questions in relation to the particularly troubling subject of a widowed woman's sexual value and meaning.
Gevirtz reduces her readers' understanding of eighteenth-century widowed female experience to either full participation in or full constraint from commercial activity, simplifying characters into types that occupy one side or the other of the separate spheres dichotomy, and who are damned or praised because of it.
Eilisa was widowed in 2003 when crazed former US Marine David Bieber shot PC Broadhurst dead and injured two of his colleagues.