[kuh n-sawr-shee-uh m, -tee-]
- a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital.
- any association, partnership, or union.
- Law. the legal right of partners in a marriage to companionship and conjugal intercourse with each other: In a wrongful death action the surviving spouse commonly seeks damages for loss of consortium.
Origin of consortium
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- an association of financiers, companies, etc, esp one formed for a particular purpose
- law the right of husband or wife to the company, assistance, and affection of the other
C19: from Latin: community of goods, partnership; see consort
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Word Origin and History for consortia
plural of consortium.
1829, from Latin consortium "fellowship, participation, society," from consors (genitive consortis; see consort (n.)). Earlier, in British law, a term for "right of husband's access to his wife."
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