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[mass noun] Adultery, especially as formerly constituting grounds for the recovery of legal damages by a husband from his wife's adulterous partner.
- ‘Our Supreme Court has made it clear that the tort of criminal conversation exists in our State.’
- ‘A physical separation will not bar a claim for criminal conversation even if the sexual relations with the third party took place after the separation occurred.’
- ‘If this couple were then going through a spectacular trial for ‘criminal conversation’ then so much the better for attracting attention to the painter.’
- ‘If he has proof of sexual relationship between you and his wife then he can sue her for criminal conversation regardless of whether the relationship was with someone of the opposite sex.’
- ‘The last three chapters take up, in turn, the popular literature of domestic homicide, adultery in the church courts, and cases of ‘criminal conversation.’’
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