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common–law

adjective com·mon–law \ˈkä-mən-ˌl\

—used to describe a relationship between a man and a woman that is considered to be a marriage because the man and woman have lived together for a long period of time

Full Definition of COMMON-LAW

1
:  of, relating to, or based on the common law
2
:  relating to or based on a common-law marriage

First Known Use of COMMON-LAW

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