alimony

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noun al·i·mo·ny \ˈa-lə-ˌmō-nē\

Definition of alimony

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alimonies

  1. 1 :  an allowance made to one spouse by the other for support pending or after legal separation or divorce

  2. 2 :  the means of living :  maintenance

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Origin and Etymology of alimony

Latin alimonia sustenance, from alere


First Known Use: circa 1613


ALIMONY Defined for English Language Learners

alimony

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Definition of alimony for English Language Learners

  • : money that a court orders someone to pay regularly to a former wife or husband after a divorce


ALIMONY Defined for Kids

alimony

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noun al·i·mo·ny \ˈa-lə-ˌmō-nē\

Definition of alimony for Students

  1. :  money for living expenses paid regularly by one spouse to another after their legal separation or divorce


Law Dictionary

alimony

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noun al·i·mo·ny \ˈa-lə-ˌmō-nē\

Legal Definition of alimony

  1. 1 :  an allowance made to one spouse by the other for support pending or after legal separation or divorce — compare child support alimony in gross :  lump sum alimony in this entry alimony pendente lite \-pen-ˈden-tē-ˈlī-ˌtē, -pen-ˈden-tā-ˈlē-tā\ :  alimony granted pending a suit for divorce or separation that includes a reasonable allowance for the prosecution of the suit —called also temporary alimony lump sum alimony :  alimony awarded after divorce that is a specific vested amount not subject to change —called also alimony in gross permanent alimony :  alimony awarded after divorce which consists of payments at regular intervals that may change in amount or terminate (as upon the payee's remarriage) temporary alimony :  alimony pendente lite in this entry

  2. 2 :  means of living, support, or maintenance fathers and mothers owe alimony to their illegitimate children — Louisiana Civil Code

Origin and Etymology of alimony

Latin alimonia sustenance, from alere to nourish



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