Definition of Cohabitation
Example of Cohabitation
- Two single people meet at a university and live together to save on expenses and have a sexual relationship.
- American English – /koh-hab-uh-tAY-shuhn/
- British English – /koh-hab-i-tAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /koʊˌhæbəˈteɪʃən/
- British English – /ˌkəʊhæbɪˈteɪʃən/
- 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 while 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 spelling: co-habitation
- Also called:
- consensual union
- de facto marriage
- living together
- Informally called:
- “living as married“
- “living in sin“
- “playing house“
- “shacking up“
- A (noun) cohabitant or (noun) cohabiter (verb) cohabit with each other in a (adjective) cohabitational relationship.
- “Families of orientation, procreation, and cohabitation provide us with some of the most important roles we will assume in life. The nuclear family roles (such as parent, child, husband, wife, and sibling) combine with extended family roles (such as grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, and in-law) to form the kinship system” (Strong, Devault, and Cohen 2011:19).
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cohabitation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 30, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/cohabitation/).
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