common–law

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adjective com·mon–law \ˈkä-mən-ˌlȯ\

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

First Known Use of common–law

1619


COMMON–LAW Defined for English Language Learners

common-law

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adjective

Definition of common–law for English Language Learners

  • —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


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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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