/kon kyooh"beuh nij, kong-/, n.
1. cohabitation of a man and woman without legal or formal marriage.
2. the state or practice of being a concubine.
[1350-1400; ME; see CONCUBINE, -AGE]

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Cohabitation of a man and a woman without the full sanctions of legal marriage.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the term concubine has been generally applied exclusively to women; Western studies of non-Western societies use it to refer to partners who are sanctioned by law but lack the status of full wives. See also common-law marriage; harem; polygamy.

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      the state of cohabitation of a man and a woman without the full sanctions of legal marriage. The word is derived from the Latin con (“with”) and cubare (“to lie”).

      The Judeo-Christian term concubine has generally been applied exclusively to women, although a cohabiting male may also be called a concubine. In Roman law concubinage was the permanent cohabitation of a man and a woman outside of their existing formal marriages. The partners in such relationships and the offspring of their union did not have the same legal rights accorded married persons and their legitimate children. See also common-law marriage.

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Universalium. 2010.

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