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
◇ Because of coverture, married women formerly did not have the legal capacity to hold their own property or contract on their own behalf. These disabilities have been removed for the most part by statute.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun condition of a married woman, conjugality, legal status of a married woman, living as man and wife, marriage lines, married state, married tie, matrimony, matronage, matronhood, matronship, nuptial bond, state of a married woman, state of matrimony, union, wedded state, wifedom II index cohabitation (married state), cover (protection), protection, refuge, shelter (protection), shield

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

In common law, the legal state of a married woman, which was generally merged with that of her husband, leaving her without the right to own property or enter contracts on her own.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

n. Under the common law, the legal condition of a woman, whereby her legal existence was largely submerged into that of her husband so that he had almost unlimited control over her personal and real property and she could not enter into a legally binding contract or exercise any power or right over her own property without her husband's consent. In every state except community property states, statutes have been enacted that have effectively abolished coverture by giving wives almost unlimited control over their personal and real property free of their husbands' authority, claims, or interests.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

An archaic term that refers to the legal status of a married woman.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An archaic term that refers to the legal status of a married woman.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • coverture — sb. == bedclothes. K. Horn, 716 …   Oldest English Words

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