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concubinage

an old-fashioned word for COHABITATION.

CONCUBINAGE. This term has two different significations; sometimes it means a species of marriage which took place among the ancients, and which is yet in use in some countries. In this country it means the act or practice of cohabiting as man and woman, in sexual commerce, without the authority of law, or a legal marriage. Vide 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 80; Merl. Rep. b. t.; Dig. 32, 49, 4; Id. 7, 1, 1; Code, 5, 27, 12.

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93) Avant la promulgation de lois reconnaissant une forme d'union elargie aux couples homosexuels, diverses dispositions protegeaient indirectement le concubin de meme sexe.
104) Le Tribunal d'instance de Paris 4e, dans un jugement du 5 aout 1993, avait considere que le trans fert du bail etait possible car <<le legislateur designe en toute neutralite et generalite le concubin notoire sans autre precision que celle liee a la stabilite de l'union.
L'adoption peut etre demandee par des couples maries ou par des celibataires, mais non par des concubins.