Definition of coverture in English:

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coverture

Pronunciation: /ˈkʌvətjʊə/

noun

1 [mass noun] literary Protective or concealing covering.
Example sentences
  • With a lucid discussion of the constraints of coverture, Cott undercuts such symbolism and outlines the ironies which underlay.
  • Secondly, it allows us to view a world beyond coverture and crime which has consumed so much scholarly energy in recent years.
  • They attacked suddenly and skilfully using natural covertures, destroy our positions one after another by the direct fire.
2 Law , historical The legal status of a married woman, considered to be under her husband’s protection and authority.
Example sentences
  • A husband could make a special legal claim under coverture if his wife was injured in an accident.
  • Under coverture a married woman could not sue or be sued unless her husband was party to the suit.
  • Feminist reformers also challenged coverture by invoking equality.

Origin

Middle English (originally denoting a coverlet or garment): from Old French, from covrir 'to cover'.

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