coemptio

noun
co·​emp·​tio | \ kōˈempshē(ˌ)ō, -emptē- \
plural -s

Definition of coemptio

Roman law
: a ceremony symbolizing the sale of a woman to a man and bringing the woman under the manus of the man usually (1) as a plebeian marriage but sometimes (2) as a device of the woman to displace her guardian

called also respectively 1coemptio matrimoni causa, 2coemptio fiduciae causa

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“Coemptio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coemptio. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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