Fornication

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Definition: Fornication


Quick Summary of Fornication


voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other




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Dictionary Definition


n. sexual intercourse between a man and woman who are not married to each other. This usage comes from Latin fornicari, meaning vaulted, which became the nickname for brothel, because prostitutes operated in a vaulted underground cavern in Rome. Fornication is still a misdemeanour in some states, as is adultery (sexual intercourse by a married person with someone not his/her spouse), but is virtually never prosecuted. If such anachronistic laws were enforced, the jails of America would have no room for robbers, murderers and drug dealers.

  1. Sexual intercourse, especially on the part of an unmarried person.
  2. legal The act of such illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman which does not by law amount to adultery.

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Definition Sources


Definitions for Fornication are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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