Example: Two single people meet at a university and live together to save on expenses and have a sexual relationship.
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- Plural: cohabitations
- Cohabitation refers to a couple living at the same physical location and not to a couple that spends the majority of their time at one residence but maintaining two separate residences.
- In some locations, the length of cohabitation leads to a common-law marriage.
- Cohabitation has become a precursor to marriage and an alternative to marriage in some societies.
- Cohabitation is the only option for same-sex couples where same-sex marriage is illegal.
- Type: common-law marriage
- Variant form: co-habitation
- Also called:
- consensual union
- de facto marriage
- Informally called:
- “living as married“
- “living in sin“
- “playing house“
- “shacking up“
- Cohabitation used in a sentence: Kelley and Joey practice cohabitation because they live together but are not married.
- A (noun) cohabitant or (noun) cohabiter (verb) cohabit with each other in a (adjective) cohabitational relationship.
- May, Vanessa. 2011. Sociology of Personal Life. New York: Palgrave Macmillan
- Miller, R. Robin, and Sandra Lee Browning. 2000. With This Ring: Divorce, Intimacy, and Cohabitation from a Multicultural Perspective. Stamford, CT: JAI Press.
- Nazio, Tiziana. 2011. Cohabitation, Family and Society. London: Routledge.