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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONCUBINAGE, n. [See Concubine.] The act or practice of cohabiting, as man and woman, in sexual commerce, without the authority of law, or a legal marriage. In a more general sense, this word is used to express any criminal or prohibited sexual commerce, including adultery, incest, and fornication. In some countries, concubinage is a marriage of an inferior kind, or performed with less solemnity than a true or formal marriage; or marriage with a woman of inferior condition, to whom the husband does not convey his rank or quality. This is said to be still in use in Germany.
In law, concubinage is used as an exception against her that sueth for dower; in which it is alledged that she was not lawfully married to the man in whose lands she seeks to be endowed, but that she was his concubine.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: cohabitation without being legally married

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century 1. cohabitation of persons not legally married 2. the state of being a concubine

Britannica Concise

Cohabitation of a man and a woman without the full sanctions of legal marriage. The Judeo-Christian term concubine has been generally applied exclusively to women; Western studies of non-Western societies use it to refer to partners who are sanctioned by law but lack the status of full wives. See also common-law marriage, harem, polygamy.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the cohabitation of a man and woman not married to each other. 2 the state of being or having a concubine. Etymology: ME f. F (as concubine)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Concubinage Con*cu"bi*nage, n. 1. The cohabiting of a man and a woman who are not legally married; the state of being a concubine. Note: In some countries, concubinage is marriage of an inferior kind, or performed with less solemnity than a true or formal marriage; or marriage with a woman of inferior condition, to whom the husband does not convey his rank or quality. Under Roman law, it was the living of a man and woman in sexual relations without marriage, but in conformity with local law. 2. (Law) A plea, in which it is alleged that the woman suing for dower was not lawfully married to the man in whose lands she seeks to be endowed, but that she was his concubine.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

kon-ku'-bi-naj.

See FAMILY.



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