lenocinium


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lenocinium

connivance or furtherance by a husband of a wife's adultery. It is a defence available to the wife. In Scots family law, it describes the situation where a spouse seeking a divorce is refused decree because that spouse encouraged the adultery complained of
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The vicar of Woodkirk, Yorkshire, successfully sued a man for saying he had "fostered lechery" (fovebat lenocinium) in his household by sheltering an adulterous priest.
If he was aware of his wife's adulterous affairs but failed to take legal action against her, he could face charges of pandering (lenocinium).