coverture

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

Definition of coverture

1 a : covering
b : shelter
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

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First Known Use of coverture

13th century


Law Dictionary

coverture

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

legal Definition of coverture

: the inclusion of a woman in the legal person of her husband upon marriage under common law
Note: 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 and Etymology of coverture

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



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