an arrangement by which a couple live together for a period of time to see if they are compatible for marriage.
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Sex, marriage, and the law. Always complicated. That’s why there are so many words to describe how two people (sometimes more) live and love together. Like polygamy. Do you remember the 2007 arrest of Warren Jeffs, a religious leader and polygamist on charges involving multiple marriages and underage girls? The case, and polygamy, are back in the news. The Utah Supreme Court reversed the charges against …
Compare companionate marriage.
Origin of trial marriage
First recorded in 1920–25
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