a mensa et thoro
literally 'from bed and board', a form of divorce by way of separation that does not, however, free the parties from the bonds of marriage. In England, before the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857, a decree in these terms from the ecclesiastical courts was equivalent to a decree of judicial separation. In Scotland, prior to the Reformation, this was the only form of divorce known. It is still used in the context of judicial separation.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


a mensa et thoro
adv. Latin From board and hearth.
See also divorce.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


a mensa et thoro
(Latin: From table and bed.)
More commonly translated, "from bed and board."

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


a mensa et thoro
[Latin, From table and bed.] More commonly translated, "from bed and board."

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  • mensa et thoro — n. Latin Bed and board. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000. mensa et thoro (Latin: From bed and board.) …   Law dictionary

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  • A mensa et thoro — A men sa et tho ro [L., from board and bed.] (Law) A kind of divorce which does not dissolve the marriage bond, but merely authorizes a separate life of the husband and wife. Abbott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • a mensa et thoro — /ey mensa et 06row/ From table and bed, but more commonly translated, from bed and A kind of divorce, which is rather a separation of the parties by law, than a dissolution of the marriage. See separation …   Black's law dictionary

  • a mensa et thoro — /ay men seuh et thawr oh, thohr oh/, Law. pertaining to or noting a divorce that forbids husband and wife to live together but does not dissolve the marriage bond. [1590 1600; < L: lit., from board and bed. See MENSAL2, TORUS] * * * …   Universalium

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  • a mensa et thoro — āˈmen(t)səˌetˈt(h)ōr(ˌ)ō, äˈm adjective Etymology: New Latin, literally, from table and bed : relating to a separation in which the parties remain husband and wife but without cohabitation …   Useful english dictionary

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