Legal Definition and Related Resources of Consortium

Meaning of Consortium

A term generally used in matrimonial law denoting companionship, love, affection, comfort , mutual services, sexual intercourse – all belonging to the married state – taken together. At common law , a husband was entitled to sue for loss of his wife’s consortium evolving from his original right to sue for a loss of servitum.

Consortium Alternative Definition

Under the term “consortium,” as applied to the relations of husband and wife, are included the person’s affections, society and aid. 186 111. 639. In Civil Law. A union of fortunes; one of the names of lawful marriage among the Romans. Tayl. Civ. Law, 284, A union of several persons as parties in one action. 1 Mackeld. Civ. Law, 197. In Old English Law. Company; society. It occurs in this last sense in the phrase per quod consortium amisit, by which he has lost the companionship, used when the plaintiff declares for any bodily injury done to his wife by a third person. 3 Bl. Comm. 140. In Pleading. The company or society of a wife.

Synonyms of Consortium

(Business cartel), noun

  • association
  • business agreement
  • business combine
  • business entente
  • cartel
  • coalition
  • combination
  • combination of financial institutions
  • confederacy
  • consolidation
  • league
  • merger
  • monopoly
  • partnership
  • pool
  • syndicate
  • trust
  • union

(Marriage companionship), noun

  • accommodation
  • affiliation
  • affinity
  • alliance
  • assistance
  • association
  • attachment
  • closeness
  • comfort
  • compact
  • companionship
  • compliance
  • comradeship
  • concordance
  • congruity
  • congruousness
  • consociation
  • consortship
  • correspondence
  • familiarity
  • friendship
  • help
  • intercommunion
  • intimacy
  • league
  • marriage accord
  • marriage compatibility
  • marriage concord
  • partnership
  • reciprocal feeling
  • understanding
  • Associated Concepts: loss of consortium

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English Legal System: Consortium

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Consortium :

1. The right of one spouse to the company, assistance, and affection of the other. Formerly, a husband could bring an action in tort (per quod consortium amisit) against anyone who, by a tortious act against his wife, deprived him of consortium. A wife had no corresponding actio The action for loss of consortium was abolished by the Administration of Justice Act 1982.

2. See concert party.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Consortium

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1829, from Latin consortium “fellowship, participation, society,” from consors (genitive consortis; see consort; this term is also a noun.). Earlier, in British law, a term for “right of husband’s access to his wife.”

Concept of “Consortium”

Traditional meaning of consortium in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) A union of fortunes; marriage; see PER QUOD.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Consortium”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

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