criminal conversation

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criminal conversation (uncountable)

  1. (law) Unlawful sexual intercourse with a married person; adultery.
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 77:
      The main object now was not necessarily to punish or even to prevent immorality, but to improve the law of divorce and to restrict private suits for ‘criminal conversation’.