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companion

in employment law, a person who accompanies a worker at a disciplinary or grievance hearing. The employer is under a duty to permit such a companion - chosen by the worker - to appear. The employer must permit the worker's companion to address the hearing in order to put the worker's case, sum up that case, respond on the worker's behalf to any view expressed at the hearing and confer with the worker during the hearing.

COMPANION, dom. rel. By 5 Edw. III., st. 5, c. 2, Sec. 1, it is declared to be high treason in any one who "doth compass or imagine the death of our lord the king, or our lady his companion," &c. See 2 Inst. 8, 9; 1 H. H. P. C. 124.

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like a parade of migratory birds-- a learned, companionable rhythm
With these two equine escorts hugging your side for ear scratches--"They're like companionable dogs," John says--the Hiestands give free tours of their corral complex where the donkeys are bedded down every night and given breakfast, plus medications, in the morning.
Chilly, crisp, companionable dark slowly turns to dawn as the horses breeze, this way and that, the Breeders' Cup contenders with their names in bright letters on purple saddlecloths.
The extra money would be a help and if you like them, you can also end up with a new companionable friend.
He would spend the journey engrossed in his laptop, she in a book, but the body language, the smiles, the companionable silences made me think them a very happy couple.
You love the idea of going for a companionable stroll through the neighborhood together, but it's a major hassle to get out the door.
The volume, for example, gives us a mature Bunyan very sure of his place in two metaphysically unequal, conjugal worlds (one, seemingly, to be suffered with few companionable benefits of"real" value in a fleshly and legal here and now and the other to be enjoyed in the hereafter by way of eternal union with the heavenly Christ) and a younger Bunyan, the subject of a confessedly "speculative" psychoanalytical inquiry, who lacks all semblance of assurance and stability in troubling religious, political, military, and familial domains.
You may be leading separate lives but they are, by the sound of it, companionable.
City dwellers can easily locate treasure galore on muffled midwinter walks down snow-hushed sidewalks when the street lights come on at four, or humid summer evenings porch-sitting to the metronome blessing of cicadas, wet streets dazzle-painted with electric reflections after late evening rains, companionable dinners with loved ones in restaurant booths like friendly confessionals, the gee-whiz fulfillment walking home after a July Fourth technicolor fireworks display down at the commons, walks in the fresh air and crisp light of autumn to the music of kids' laughter on playgrounds, browsing past arrays in antique shop windows on Saturday afternoons, those bedazzled nights on the town you just want to go on and on, the energy and bustle of downtown sidewalks on weekday afternoons.
These days the X and Y are a very odd couple, but long ago, before mammals evolved, they were an ordinary pair of identical chromosomes, exchanging DNA in a companionable way through the process of genetic recombination.
The hope is that the civilised setting and companionable contact with others will help great things to hatch.
Using specifically the work of Jane Austin, who never married, and William Wordsworth, who did, Walker argues that the era just after the Napoleonic wars was a time of readjustment in the idea of marriage, from sacramental and inviolate to companionable and, if not, possibly endable.