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1. Of, relating to, or based on common law.
2. Of or relating to a common-law marriage.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.common-law - based on common law; "a common-law right"
unwritten - based on custom rather than documentation; "an unwritten law"; " ancient that they well might have had their unwritten origins in Aurignacian times"- J.L.T.C.Spence


[ˈkɒmənˌlɔː] ADJ [marriage] → consensual; [spouse] → en unión consensual


[ˈkɒmənˌlɔː] adj common-law wifeconvivente f more uxorio


(ˈkomən) adjective
1. seen or happening often; quite normal or usual. a common occurrence; These birds are not so common nowadays.
2. belonging equally to, or shared by, more than one. This knowledge is common to all of us; We share a common language.
3. publicly owned. common property.
4. coarse or impolite. She uses some very common expressions.
5. of ordinary, not high, social rank. the common people.
6. of a noun, not beginning with a capital letter (except at the beginning of a sentence). The house is empty.
(a piece of) public land for everyone to use, with few or no buildings. the village common.
ˈcommoner noun
a person who is not of high rank. The royal princess married a commoner.
common knowledge
something known to everyone or to most people. Surely you know that already – it's common knowledge.
common ˈlaw noun
a system of unwritten laws based on old customs and on judges' earlier decisions.
ˈcommon-law adjective
referring to a relationship between two people who are not officially married, but have the same rights as husband and wife. a common-law marriage; a common-law wife/husband.
ˈcommonplace adjective
very ordinary and uninteresting. commonplace remarks.
ˈcommon-room noun
in a college, school etc a sitting-room for the use of a group.
common sense
practical good sense. If he has any common sense he'll change jobs.
the Common Market
(formerly) an association of certain European countries to establish free trade (without duty, tariffs etc) among them, now replaced by the European Union.
the (House of) Commons
the lower house of the British parliament.
in common
(of interests, attitudes, characteristics etc) shared or alike. They have nothing in common – I don't know why they're getting married.
References in classic literature ?
The British blood was up; and the British resolution to bet, which successfully defies common decency and common-law from one end of the country to the other, was not to be trifled with.
Pickwick had taken, was an office-lad of fourteen, with a tenor voice; near him a common-law clerk with a bass one.
They claimed that since their uncle and Ciri are lovers, he cannot donate his property to his common-law wife.
Antonin Scalia, Common-Law Courts in a Civil-Law System: The Role of United States Federal Courts in Interpreting the Constitution and Laws, in A MATTER OF Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law 3, 10 (Amy Gutmann ed.
Does it mean the common law as it stood at the time of the Declaration of Independence, or as it stood when our statute was enacted, or are we to understand the common-law system, in its entirety, including all judicial improvements and modifications in this country and in England, to the present time, so far as applicable to our conditions?
says both today's liberals and conservatives "remain in debt to certain common-law ways of thinking and to specific common-law rights.
v Nguyen [2015]) NCA 278 has decided that the spousal incompetency rule, which forbids spouses to be compelled to testify against each other, and spousal privilege, does not extend to common-law couples [1].
Leoni and Hayek's approaches consider common law as a spontaneous-order process, as distinguished, for example, from other philosophies that see the common-law process through a lens of legal positivism, effectively treating judges as functionally equivalent to legislators.
Comment: The basic difference between common-law indemnification and contractual indemnification is that the former can be imposed, in appropriate circumstances, even in the absence of a contract.
This article explores the democratic features of common-law judicial law-making.
A US District Court judge had earlier taken the case out of a bankruptcy court to decide whether Picard could file common-law claims.
Problems of the government of complex industrial societies present serious threats to the continuance of the common-law system.