Definition of cohabitation in US English:



  • 1The state of living together and having a sexual relationship without being married.

    ‘couples increasingly prefer cohabitation to marriage’
    • ‘Premarital sex and unmarried cohabitation are widely accepted even if they are not liked by defenders of traditional family values.’
    • ‘In other countries, cohabitation is common among affluent people who have rejected conventional marriage.’
    • ‘A modern and widespread alternative or precursor to marriage is cohabitation.’
    • ‘Public officials have made it clear that the laws of that country should give no advantage to marriage over unmarried cohabitation.’
    • ‘Only 10 percent of marriages began with cohabitation in 1965, compared to 90 percent in 1995.’
    • ‘These marriage, divorce, and cohabitation trends have had an effect on children as well, say the authors.’
    • ‘The state refused to renew her day-care license because of old laws on the books that classify cohabitation as illegal.’
    • ‘Increased premarital cohabitation has also played a role.’
    • ‘After four years of cohabitation, a relationship acquires the status of common-law marriage.’
    • ‘There has been a rise in cohabitation for unmarried couples.’
  • 2The state or fact of living or existing at the same time or in the same place.

    ‘a harmonious cohabitation with other living creatures’
    • ‘The uneasy cohabitation of the political and the religious has posed fundamental questions about power, authority, and human suffering.’
    • ‘The issue of peaceful cohabitation of the various peoples that have inhabited the region for centuries has been intensified.’
    • ‘How are patterns of cohabitation influenced by dissimilarity of species?’
    • ‘He was compelled to endure an uncomfortable cohabitation with his political foes.’
    • ‘The country is currently governed by a cohabitation arrangement in which the president and prime minister belong to rival parties.’
    • ‘The prospect of another paralyzing cohabitation between a president and National Assembly of opposed political camps might bring about a change of heart.’
    • ‘Despite the repeated attempts to the serene and joint cohabitation of peoples, peace is possible and right.’
    • ‘The artist's work engages with the productive cohabitation of birds and humans in the countryside.’
    • ‘Tribal life centered on a social system that put a premium on cooperation and cohabitation over conflict and competition.’
    • ‘The world environment includes the cohabitation of animals, plants, and humans.’