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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Concubinage  \Con*cu"bi*nage\,  n. 
  1.  The  cohabiting  of  a  man  and  a  woman  who  are  not  legally 
  married;  the  state  of  being  a  concubine. 
 
  Note:  In  some  countries,  concubinage  is  marriage  of  an 
  inferior  kind  or  performed  with  less  solemnity  than  a 
  true  or  formal  marriage;  or  marriage  with  a  woman  of 
  inferior  condition,  to  whom  the  husband  does  not  convey 
  his  rank  or  quality.  Under  Roman  law,  it  was  the  living 
  of  a  man  and  woman  in  sexual  relations  without 
  marriage,  but  in  conformity  with  local  law. 
 
  2.  (Law)  A  plea,  in  which  it  is  alleged  that  the  woman  suing 
  for  dower  was  not  lawfully  married  to  the  man  in  whose 
  lands  she  seeks  to  be  endowed,  but  that  she  was  his 
  concubine. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  concubinage 
  n  :  cohabitation  without  being  legally  married 




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