domestic partnership

(noun) In the United States, a legally defined relationship between two people who live together and share domestic responsibilities but who are not joined by a marriage or a civil union.

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  • Plural: domestic partnerships
  • Domestic partnerships are available to same-sex couples in some societies and cultures that do not allow legally recognized same-sex marriage.
  • A domestic partnership, similar to marriage exists on a continuum across legal jurisdictions. No single definition can encapsulate such a dynamic and nonstandardized term. Defined broadly, a domestic partnership offers fewer legal rights and responsibilities than a marriage or a civil union.
  • Also called domestic partnership agreement.
  • Domestic partnership used in a sentence: Alex and Danny had a commitment ceremony for their domestic partnership.

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