Admeasurement of Dower Law and Legal Definition

This remedy was followed in England which is nearly obsolete now. Admeasurement of dower refers to assignment or apportionment of dower. The writ of admeasurement of dower lies where the heir when he is within age, and endows the wife of more than she ought to have dower of; or if the guardian in chivalry, endows the wife of more than one-third part of the land of which she ought to have dower, then the heir, at full age, may sue out this writ against the wife, and thereby shall be admeasure, and the surplus she has in dower shall be restored to the heir; but in such case there shall not be assigned anew any lands to hold to dower, but to take from her so much of the lands as surpasses the third part whereof she ought to be endowed; and he need not set forth of whose assignments she holds.