adul·tery /ə-'dəl-tə-rē/ n: voluntary sexual activity (as sexual intercourse) between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband; also: the crime of adultery compare fornication
adul·ter·er /ə-'dəl-tə-rər/ n
adul·ter·ess /-tə-rəs/ n

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

noun adulterium, criminal unchastity, cuckoldry, extramarital promiscuity, extramarital relations, illicit intercourse, illicit love, illicit sexual intercourse, infidelity, marital infidelity, sexual unfaithfulness of a married person, unfaithfulness, unlawful carnal connection, unlawful carnal knowledge, unlawful carnality, violation of the marriage vows associated concepts: adultery by collusion, adultery by connivance, condonation of adultery, criminal conversation, dissolution of marriage, recrimination of an action of adultery

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Voluntary sexual congress between a married person and someone who is not his or her spouse.

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

voluntary sexual intercourse during the subsistence of a marriage between one spouse and a person of the opposite sex who is not the other spouse. It is sufficient in both England and Scotland to constitute the ground of divorce: irretrievable breakdown. Proof need not involve an eyewitness of the act in question. It is sufficient if evidence is led of circumstances from which the necessary inferences can be made, such as use of overnight accommodation in a hotel.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

Consensual sexual relations by a married person with someone other than the person's spouse. In states that still allow fault grounds for divorce, adultery is always sufficient grounds for a divorce. In addition, some states factor in adultery when dividing property between divorcing spouses.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. The voluntary sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than his or her spouse. The consent of both parties and penetration are required for adultery to exist. Under the common law, only a married woman could commit adultery, but most states now apply the term to married men as well. Also, in the states where adultery is still a crime, most statutes now provide that the unmarried sexual partner of a married person can also be charged with the offense.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Voluntary sexual relations between an individual who is married and someone who is not the individual's spouse.

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

Voluntary sexual relations between an individual who is married and someone who is not the individual's spouse.

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

   consensual sexual relations when one of the participants is legally married to another. In some states it is still a crime and and in many states it is grounds for divorce for the spouse of the married adulterer. The criminal charges are almost never brought, and in those states in which there is no-fault divorce (or dissolution), adultery is legally not relevant. Until the 1970s, in community property states adultery was grounds for giving the person cheated upon most of the couple's property, often resulting in lurid and long trials and grist for scandal newspapers.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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