Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or state of dwelling together or in the same place.
- n. The state of dwelling or living together as husband and wife: often with reference to persons who are not legally married, and usually, but not always, implying sexual intercourse.
- n. An emotional and physical intimate relationship which includes a common living place and which exists without legal or religious sanction.
- n. The act of living together.
- n. A place where two or more individuals reside together.
- n. biology The act of two species living together in the same habitat.
- n. politics Cooperation between politicians of opposing political parties; especially, in France, between a President and Prime Minister.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or state of dwelling together, or in the same place with another.
- n. (Law) The living together of a man and woman in supposed sexual relationship.
- n. the act of living together and having a sexual relationship (especially without being married)
- From French cohabitation, from Latin cohabitationem. (Wiktionary)
“Paul Amato, a sociologist at Pennsylvania State University, says the new data suggest that maybe the effect of premarital cohabitation is becoming less of a problem than it was in the past.”
“For Stanley, the "nature of commitment at the time of cohabitation is what's important.”
“National surveys show many young people believe cohabitation is a good way to test a relationship," says co-researcher Galena Rhoades, also of the University of Denver.”
“Percentage of young adults (ages 20-24) who say cohabitation is OK, even for couples not considering marriage:”
“And it seems cohabitation is probably providing her with physical safety and probably also with some income safety as well.”
“And in Europe, I think it's fair to say cohabitation is a competing institution to marriage.”
“But cohabitation is providing her some safety there.”
“Beyond economics, more cohabitation is because of couples who have children but don't get married, Kennedy said.”
“Raley isn't convinced that cohabitation is being viewed as a marriage alternative, citing a 2001 study of her own.”
“If America becomes a place where our children are taken from us by law and forced to attend schools where they are taught that cohabitation is as good as marriage, that motherhood doesn't require a husband or father, and that homosexuality is as valid a choice as heterosexuality for their future lives, then why in the world should married people continue to accept the authority of such a government?”
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
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