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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.
The compensation of the assessor's common-law employee supports this purpose because it is independent of any audit determination or the amount of time spent to audit the taxpayer's records.
In 2001, 44% of Canadian common-taw couples (500,000 couples) lived in Quebec, with 29% of Quebec couples with children living common-law compared to 8.
3121(d)(2) defines an employee as any individual who, under the usual common-law rules applicable in determining the employer-employee relationship, has the status of an employee.
Central to the analysis are two basic determinations: (1) whether a worker is a common-law employee of the employer maintaining the plan (using the usual) factors such as control, supervision, skill level and intent of the parties involved) and (2) whether, according to the plan language, the worker is eligible to receive a benefit under the plan.
Accordingly, we conclude that the common-law definition of marriage as "the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others" violates s.
Without accepting PC's common-law theory, the Tax Court said that even if it applied, PC failed to prove that it did not exercise control over Grey in the performance of his services.
Like many anti-government groups that can be broadly included in the ``patriot'' movement, Republic members reject traditional legal systems, relying instead on their own common-law courts, through which they issued cease-and-desist orders against the governor and the Internal Revenue Service, and liens against all state property.
With the exception of statutory employees, worker classification is based on a common-law standard in determining whether the worker is an independent contractor or employee," according to IRS commissioner Margaret Milner Richardson.
April 11, 2000--Parliament passes Bill C-23, 174 to 72, expanding the definition of "common-law relationship" to include same-sex couples and thereby give them the same social and tax benefits as common-law heterosexuals.