alienation of affection

a tort based on willful and malicious interference with the marriage relation by a third party without justification or excuse
Hypernyms: ↑tort, ↑civil wrong

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: the diversion of a person's affection from someone who has certain rights or claims to such affection to a third person who is held to be the instigator or cause of the diversion

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • alienation of affections — alienation of affections: the diversion of a person s affection from someone (as a spouse) who has certain rights or claims to such affection usu. to a third person who is held to be the instigator or cause of the diversion – called also… …   Law dictionary

  • alienation — (n.) transfer of ownership, late 14c., from O.Fr. alienacion and directly from L. alienationem (nom. alienatio) a transfer, surrender, noun of action from pp. stem of alienare (see ALIENATE (Cf. alienate)). It also meant loss or derangement of… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Alienation of affections — At common law, alienation of affections is a tort action brought by a deserted spouse against a third party alleged to be responsible for the failure of the marriage. The defendant in an alienation of affections suit is typically an adulterous… …   Wikipedia

  • ALIÉNATION — Le mot «aliénation» est, aujourd’hui, en langue française, un mot malade. Il souffre de cette affection que certains lexicologues appellent «surcharge sémantique»: à force de signifier trop, il risque de ne plus rien signifier du tout. La… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • alienation — /eyl(i)yaneyshan/ In real property law, the transfer of the property and possession of lands, tenements, or other things, from one person to another. The term is particularly applied to absolute conveyances of real property. The voluntary and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Affection — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Affection (homonymie). Un bisou peut exprimer l affection. L affection (du latin affectio singifiant « rapport …   Wikipédia en Français

  • affection — Tender feelings. In the medical sense, an ailment or disease, such as an affection of the liver, deranging the functions of the organ involved. Conn. Mut. Life Ins. Co. v Union Trust Co. 112 US 250, 257, 28 L Ed 708, 711, 5 S Ct 119. See… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • alienationof affection — alienation of affection n. Law The wrongful or injurious act of interfering with an affectionate relationship so that one person loses affection for the other. * * * …   Universalium

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