Legal Definition and Related Resources of Coverture

Meaning of Coverture

The status of a woman during marriage; the continuance of marriage.

Coverture Alternative Definition

The condition or state of a married woman. During coverture, the civil existence of the wife is, for many purposes, merged in that of her husband. See “Abatement;” “Parties.”

Synonyms of Coverture


  • 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

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Coverture in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

The condition of a woman during marriage. Discoverture meaning not subject to the disability of being married.

Note: This legal definition of Coverture in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

English Legal System: Coverture

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

The status of a woman during, and arising out of, marriage. At common law a wife “lost” her own personality, which became incorporated into that of her husband, and could only act under his protection and “cover”. Married women no longer suffer disabilities as a result of coverture.

See also unity of personality.



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