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coverture

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noun cov·er·ture \ˈkə-vər-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of coverture

  1. 1 a :  covering b :  shelter

  2. 2 :  the status a woman acquires upon marriage under common law



Examples of coverture in a sentence

  1. <under the coverture of a raging snowstorm, the rebels undertook their surprise attack on the fortress>



13th Century

First Known Use of coverture

13th century


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coverture

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noun cov·er·ture \ˈkə-vər-ˌchu̇r, -chər\

Legal Definition of coverture

  1. :  the inclusion of a woman in the legal person of her husband upon marriage under common law



Additional Notes on coverture

Because of coverture, married women formerly did not have the legal capacity to hold their own property or contract on their own behalf. These disabilities have been removed for the most part by statute.

Origin of coverture

Anglo-French, literally, shelter, covering, from Old French, from covert, past participle of covrir to cover


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