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common–law

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adjective com·mon–law \ˈkä-mən-ˌlȯ\

Simple Definition of common–law

  • —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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of common–law

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or based on the common law

  2. 2 :  relating to or based on a common-law marriage


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common–law

adjective com·mon–law

Legal Definition of common–law

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or based on the common law <common-law immunity>

  2. 2 :  relating to or based on a common-law marriage <her common-law husband>




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