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portion

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a. a share of property, esp one coming to a child from the estate of his parents
b. the property given by a woman to her husband at marriage; dowry
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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.
When Asghar divorced his wife, she demanded her marriage portion.
Even though the marriage was deemed consanguineous by the pope and annulled in 1203, Berenguela remained in control of much of her marriage portion.