criminal conversation


: adultery considered as a tort

Examples of criminal conversation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Howard sued his wife’s lover for alienation of affection and criminal conversation, according to court records. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2019 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, 5 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of criminal conversation was in 1716

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“Criminal conversation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

criminal conversation

criminal con·​ver·​sa·​tion
: 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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