maritage

maritage

(ˈmærɪtɪdʒ)
n
1. (Historical Terms) the right of a lord to choose the spouses of his wards
2. (Historical Terms) a sum paid to a lord in lieu of his exercising this right
[C16: from Medieval Latin marītāgium, a Latinized form of French mariage marriage]
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Hence, we would expect more women to choose welfare over work and maritage when welfare payments increase.