left-handed marriage
Morganatic Mor`ga*nat"ic, a. [LL. matrimonium ad morganaticam, fr. morganatica a morning gift, a kind of dowry paid on the morning before or after the marriage, fr. OHG. morgan morning, in morgangeba morning gift, G. morgengabe. See {Morn}.] Pertaining to, in the manner of, or designating, a kind of marriage, called also {left-handed marriage}, between a man of superior rank and a woman of inferior, in which it is stipulated that neither the latter nor her children shall enjoy the rank or inherit the possessions of her husband. --Brande & C. -- {Mor`ga*nat"ic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • Left-handed marriage — Left handed Left hand ed, a. 1. Having the left hand or arm stronger and more dexterous than the right; using the left hand and arm with more dexterity than the right. [1913 Webster] 2. Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Left-handed — Left hand ed, a. 1. Having the left hand or arm stronger and more dexterous than the right; using the left hand and arm with more dexterity than the right. [1913 Webster] 2. Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious; as, a left… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Left-handed screw — Left handed Left hand ed, a. 1. Having the left hand or arm stronger and more dexterous than the right; using the left hand and arm with more dexterity than the right. [1913 Webster] 2. Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • left-handed — late 14c., of persons; 1650s of tools, etc., from LEFT (Cf. left) (adj.). In 15c. it also could mean maimed. Sense of underhanded is from early 17c., as in left handed compliment (1787, also attested 1855 in pugilism slang for a punch with the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • left-handed — left handedly, adv. left handedness, n. /left han did/, adj. 1. having the left hand more dominant or effective than the right; preferably using the left hand: a left handed pitcher. 2. adapted to or performed by the left hand: a left handed… …   Universalium

  • left-handed — adj. 1 using the left hand by preference as more serviceable than the right. 2 (of a tool etc.) made to be used with the left hand. 3 (of a blow) struck with the left hand. 4 a turning to the left; towards the left. b (of a racecourse) turning… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • left-handedness — noun 1. the status of being born of a morganatic marriage • Hypernyms: ↑status, ↑position 2. preference for using the left hand • Syn: ↑sinistrality • Derivationally related forms: ↑sinistral ( …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Marriage (conflict) — In conflict of laws, the issue of marriage has assumed increasing public policy significance in a world of increasing multi ethnic, multi cultural community existence.Public policyThe central political issue for each state is the choice between… …   Wikipedia

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