criminal conversation

noun

Definition of criminal conversation

: adultery considered as a tort

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North Carolina is one of about a half-dozen states that allow lawsuits accusing a cheating spouse’s lover of alienation of affection and criminal conversation. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Court restores man’s lawsuit against cheating wife’s lover," 5 Sep. 2017

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1716, in the meaning defined above

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criminal conversation

noun
criminal con·​ver·​sa·​tion

Legal Definition of criminal conversation

: the tort of committing adultery with another's spouse — compare alienation of affections

Note: This tort is no longer recognized in most jurisdictions.

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