Latin Legal Terms


Doatrimi or “dotarium” – this Latin noun literally means a dower (dowry). This is the part of the assets, left by a deceased man, which part legally belongs to his widow. In this way the wife inherits her husband. Dower could be given with agreement or by the legal force of the marriage. In the legal practice, the word participates in the legal maxim “Doti lex favet; praemium pudoris est; ideo parcatur”, which means “the law favors dower; it is the reward of chastity, therefore let it be preserved”.

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