Coverture
Coverture Cov"er*ture (k?v"?r-t?r; 135), n. [OF. coverture,F.couverture.] 1. Covering; shelter; defense; hiding. [1913 Webster]

Protected by walls or other like coverture. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

Beatrice, who even now Is couched in the woodbine coverture. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) The condition of a woman during marriage, because she is considered under the cover, influence, power, and protection of her husband, and therefore called a {feme covert}, or {femme couverte}. [1913 Webster]


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  • coverture — cov·er·ture / kə vər ˌchu̇r, chər/ n [Anglo French, literally, shelter, covering, from Old French, from covert, past participle of covrir to cover]: the inclusion of a woman in the legal person of her husband upon marriage under common law ◇… …   Law dictionary

  • coverture — early 13c., earliest reference is to bedcovers, from O.Fr. coverture (12c.) blanket; roof; concealment, from L. *coopertura, from p.p. stem of cooperire to cover (see COVER (Cf. cover)). Most modern senses had evolved by mid 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • coverture — [kuv′ər chər] n. [OFr < LL * coopertura < L: see COVER] 1. a covering 2. a refuge 3. a concealment or disguise 4. Law the status of a married woman …   English World dictionary

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  • coverture — /kuv euhr cheuhr/, n. 1. a cover or covering; shelter; concealment. 2. Law. the status of a married woman considered as under the protection and authority of her husband. [1175 1225; ME < AF, OF. See COVERT, URE] * * * In law, the inclusion of a… …   Universalium

  • Coverture — La coverture était une doctrine juridique selon laquelle la personnalité juridique d une femme était suspendue au moment de son mariage et se fondait avec celle de son époux. Elle abandonnait alors le statut de feme sole pour celui de feme covert …   Wikipédia en Français

  • coverture — noun a) A common law doctrine developed in England during the Middle Ages, whereby a womans legal existence, upon marriage, was subsumed by that of her husband, particularly with regard to ownership of property and protection. sanz coverture fu… …   Wiktionary

  • coverture — /kavartyar/ The condition or state of a married woman. Sometimes used elliptically to describe the legal disability which formerly existed at common law from a state of coverture whereby the wife could not own property free from the husband s… …   Black's law dictionary

  • coverture — /kavartyar/ The condition or state of a married woman. Sometimes used elliptically to describe the legal disability which formerly existed at common law from a state of coverture whereby the wife could not own property free from the husband s… …   Black's law dictionary

  • coverture — noun Date: 13th century 1. a. covering b. shelter 2. the status a woman acquires upon marriage under common law …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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