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coverture


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coverture  \Cov"er*ture\  (k?v"?r-t?r;  135),  n.  [OF.  coverture,F. 
  couverture.] 
  1.  Covering;  shelter;  defense;  hiding. 
 
  Protected  by  walls  or  other  like  coverture. 
  --Woodward. 
 
  Beatrice,  who  even  now  Is  couched  in  the  woodbine 
  coverture.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  (Law)  The  condition  of  a  woman  during  marriage,  because 
  she  is  considered  under  the  cover,  influence,  power,  and 
  protection  of  her  husband,  and  therefore  called  a  {feme 
  covert},  or  {femme  couverte}.