- to live together as if married, usually without legal or religious sanction.
- to live together in an intimate relationship.
- to dwell with another or share the same place, as different species of animals.
Origin of cohabit
Examples from the Web for cohabitation
Citing a potential “cohabitation issue” Fisichella says that he believes the pope will eventually choose to move out.Conspiracy Theories: Why Did the Pope Really Quit?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 15, 2013
But cohabitation researchers see the outcomes a little differently.The Case for Cohabitation
April 18, 2012
Premarital sex and cohabitation may have been rare half a century or more ago, but now they are common among all groups.Charles Murray’s ‘Coming Apart’ and the Culture Myth
Ralph Richard Banks
February 8, 2012
Had the patron saint of repenting harlots seduced him into some sort of cohabitation?Mary Magdalene and Me
November 10, 2009
He knew that there was danger in any course that could give rise to the suspicion of cohabitation.The Combined Maze
From that day he is regarded as her husband, and cohabitation begins at once.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
Marriage is said to be Consummated in the first act of cohabitation.Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction
T. W. Shannon
They know not but their impediments of cohabitation may be removed.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)
In this activity we were less conscious of the sufferings of our cohabitation.The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories
- the state or condition of living together as husband and wife without being married
- (of political parties) the state or condition of cooperating for specific purposes without forming a coalition
- (intr) to live together as husband and wife, esp without being married
Word Origin and History for cohabitation
mid-15c., "action or state of living together (especially as husband and wife)," from Middle French cohabitation (Old French cohabitacion "cohabitation, sexual intercourse"), from Late Latin cohabitationem (nominative cohabitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cohabitare "to dwell together," from co- "with, together" (see co-) + habitare "to live, dwell" (see habitat).
euphemism since 1530s to describe a couple living together without benefit of marriage; back-formation from cohabitation. Related: Cohabited; cohabiting.