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 (kŏn-kyo͞o′bə-nĭj, kən-)
1. Law Cohabitation without legal marriage.
2. The state of being a concubine.


1. (Law) cohabitation without legal marriage
2. the state of living as a concubine


(kɒnˈkyu bə nɪdʒ, kɒŋ-)

1. cohabitation of a man and woman without legal or formal marriage.
2. the state of being a concubine.
con•cu′bi•nar′y, n., adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.concubinage - cohabitation without being legally married
cohabitation - the act of living together and having a sexual relationship (especially without being married)
References in classic literature ?
But to exclude all vulgar concubinage, and to drive all whores in rags from within the walls, is within the power of every one.
As if, when the marriage institution is abolished, concubinage, adultery, and incest, must not necessarily abound; when all the rights of humanity are annihilated, any barrier remains to protect the victim from the fury of the spoiler; when absolute power is assumed over life and liberty, it will not be wielded with destruc- tive sway
Eliminating discrimination against women in the revised penal code: decriminalizing adultery and concubinage, which are unfairly skewed against females
L'Union europeenne " ne veut pas de mariage mais un concubinage (.
They did not work to halt the worst practices of the era - the sale of children away from parents, the separation of husbands and wives - nor did they seek to end the concubinage of enslaved girls and women.
Yet as the Torah proceeds, there is polygamy (Jacob has two wives; David and Solomon, many more), provision for divorce (see Deuteronomy 24), concubinage (Abraham and Hagar; Jacob and Bilhah; and many more), adultery (Hosea and Gomer), and abandonment (David, again).
Also, Alvarez's public indiscretion may constitute concubinage under Article 334 of the Revised Penal Code which penalizes 'any husband who shall keep a mistress in the conjugal dwelling or shall have sexual intercourse, under scandalous circumstances, with a woman who is not his wife, or shall cohabit with her in any other place.
Only then, and slowly, was the concubinage system phased out, until its final dissolution in 1928.
Wolfgang Breul discusses clerical marriage in Hersfeld in 1523, when the town council and the populace effectively banned concubinage, against the ecclesiastical authorities' wishes, thereby normalizing marriage for priests.
In a China torn by conflict between Confucian tradition and the intruding forces of colonialism and modernism, they fought such practices as female infanticide, child betrothal, concubinage, and foot-binding.
Chapter four focuses on various forms of identification and practices based on gender roles and sexuality--prostitution, concubinage, and intermarriage.
Bref, les jeunes marocains sont enormement seduits par le modele occidental et optent davantage pour le mode de concubinage, laisse entendre Mohamed Mghari.