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common-law marriage

noun
1.
a marriage without a civil or ecclesiastical ceremony, generally resulting from an agreement to marry followed by the couple's living together.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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  • But in this state there is no such thing as a common-law marriage.
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common-law marriage definition


A legal marriage brought about by the cohabitation of a man and a woman, or by their agreement to consider themselves married, rather than by a wedding. (See common law.)

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