(redirected from Husbandless)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

HUSBAND, domestic relations. A man who has a wife.
     2. The husband, as such, is liable to certain obligations, and entitled to certain rights, which will be here briefly considered.
     3. First, of his obligations. He is bound to receive his wife at his home, and should furnish her with all the necessaries and conveniences which his fortune enables him to do, and which her situation requires; but this does not include such luxuries as, according to her fancy, she deems necessaries; vide article Cruelty, where this matter is considered. He is bound to love his wife, and to bear with her faults, and, if possible, by mild means to correct them and he is required to fulfill towards her his marital promise of fidelity, and can, therefore, have no carnal connexion with any other woman, without a violation of his obligations. As he is bound to govern his house properly, he is liable for its misgovernment, and he may be punished for keeping a disorderly house, even where his wife had the principal agency, and he is liable for her torts, as for her slander or trespass. He is also liable for the wife's debts, incurred before coverture, provided they are recovered from him during their joint lives; and generally for such as are contracted by her after coverture, for necessaries, or by his authority, express or implied. See 5 Whart. 395; 5 Binn. 235; 1 Mod. 138; 5 Taunt. 356; 7 T. R. 166; 3 Camp. 27; 3 B. & Cr. 631; 5 W. & S. 164.
    4. Secondly, of his rights. Being the head of the family, the husband has a right to establish himself wherever he may please, and in this he cannot be controlled by his wife; he may manage his affairs his own way; buy and sell all kinds of personal property, without any control, and he may buy any real estate he may deem proper, but, as the wife acquires a right in the latter, he cannot sell it, discharged of her dower, except by her consent, expressed in the manner prescribed by the laws of the state where such lands lie. At common law, all her personal property, in possession, is vested in him, and he may dispose of it as if he had acquired it by his own contract this arises from the principle that they are considered one person in law; 2 Bl. Com. 433 and he is entitled to all her property in action, provided he reduces it to possession during her life. Id. 484. He is also entitled to her chattels real, but these vest in him not absolutely, but sub modo; as, in the case of a lease for years, the husband is entitled to receive the rents and profits of it, and may, if he pleases, sell, surrender, or dispose of it during the coverture, and it is liable to be taken in execution for his debts and, if he survives her, it is, to all intents and purposes, his own. In case his wife survives him, it is considered as if it had never been transferred from her, and it belongs to her alone. In his wife's freehold estate, he has a life estate, during the joint lives of himself and wife; and, at common law, when he has a child by her who could inherit, he has an estate by the curtesy. But the rights of a husband over the wife's property, are very much abridged in some of the United States, by statutes. See Act of Pennsylvania, passed April 11, 1848.
     5. The laws of Louisiana differ essentially from those of the other states, as to the rights and duties of husband and wife, particularly as it regards their property. Those readers, desirous of knowing, the legislative regulations on this subject, in that state, are referred to the Civil Code of Louis. B. 1, tit. 4; B. 3, tit. 6.
    Vide, generally, articles Divorce; Marriage; Wife; and Bac. Ab. Baron and Feme; Rop. H. & W.; Prater on H. & W.; Clancy on the Rights, Duties and Liabilities of Husband and Wife Canning on the Interest of Husband and Wife, &c.; 1 Phil. Ev. 63; Woodf. L. & T. 75; 2 Kent, Com. 109; 1 Salk. 113 to 119Ø; Yelv. 106a, 156a, 166a; Vern. by Raithby, 7, 17, 48, 261; Chit. Pr. Index, h.t. Poth. du Contr. de Mar. n. 379; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.

HUSBAND, mar. law. The name of an agent who is authorized to make the necessary repairs to a ship, and to act in relation to the ship, generally, for the owner. He is usually called ship's husband. Vide Ship's Husband.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
At the end of the chase, many find themselves still husbandless, but now pregnant or infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
Perhaps Rose's relationship with her husband, William, her constant source of emotional and financial support, left her less in need of female friendship and more able to focus on speaking than the husbandless Anthony and the badly married Lucy Stone.
To the occasional jealous chagrin of her two sisters, who were as husbandless and talented as she was, Mary was making her living as a writer.
As handled by screenwriter Leslie Dixon and director Mimi Leder in her first intimate, non-action feature, tale is still dominated by its governing Big Idea and supplemented by emotional/psychological conditions linked to factors too familiar from too many TV movies and newspaper stories (child abuse, homelessness, husbandless mothers, fatherless sons, school violence, etc.).
The second is pathos, as she appeals to her father's compassion, followed by an expression of ethos as queen and wife, who may soon be widowed: not only is he whom her father chose to be her "Lord and Husband" leading a small force in his terrified land ("sua terra amedrontada"; 3.104) and about to be viciously slaughtered, but, unless her father immediately assents to her suit, she will become "a sad and private Woman, Husbandless, / Without a Crown, or Him, or Happiness." [38] With its tight deductive structure, the petition leads inevitably to the exhortation: "Therefore...
Victoria Roubedeaux, a high-school junior, is pregnant by a boy from out of town who does not contact her, and soon her husbandless mother evicts her.
In "Eamonn an Chnoic," he is drenched, pounding at a bolted door, and imploring for help "With passion in his voice." In one version of the song, his lover and only ally, actually rejects him: "You are harder than steel or limestone And your heart is a rock, fair lady; You never come at night to lie down by my side And relieve me of part of my pain!" "I would rather be lying for a quarter and a month On a hard, narrow bed, husbandless, Than to have your babe at my breast or on my arm at night, With you away courting your fancy!" (D.
Then again, what were Kathleen Willey's emotions when she got home to a husbandless mansion, to be informed the day after that Ed's body had been found in the woods?
After Cornelius's fatal fall from his horse, Theresa is now free to abuse her power as the family manager, viciously exacting revenge by literally squeezing the life, and the wife, out of her now husbandless and therefore vulnerable younger sister.
The legend of the Amazon women enables Pater to express a number of essentialist notions: "With their annual visit--visit to the Gargareans!--for the purpose of maintaining their species, parting with their boys early, these husbandless women could hardly be supposed a very happy, certainly not a very joyous people.
Monarchist prophet, wrote a poem praising the husbandless
Wardle buys off the rascal, and Miss Wardle returns husbandless to Manor Farm.