a. The designation of property, held by one spouse (historically the husband) and jointly used by both spouses, to be provided to the other spouse (historically the wife) in the event of the death of the spouse holding the property.
b. The property so designated.
2. The act of joining or the state of being joined.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin iūnctūra, joint; see JUNCTURE.]
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