alienation of affections


alienation of affections
The actionable wrong committed against a husband by one who wrongfully alienates the affections of his wife, depriving him of his conjugal right to her consortium, that is, her society, affections, and assistance. In some American jurisdictions, under Married Women's Acts, a wife is given the same cause of action for alienation of affections that a husband had at common law for the wrong stated above. The action, whether by the husband or the wife, has been modified by statute in recent years, and in some jurisdictions, such as New York, the right of action has been abrogated. 27 Am J1st H & W §§ 519 et seq. See criminal conversation.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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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

  • alienation of affections — Law. the estrangement by a third person of one spouse from the other. [1865 70] * * * alienation of affections, Law. the turning or taking away by another of affectionate feeling, or love, especially that of husband and wife for each other …   Useful english dictionary

  • alienation of affections — Law. the estrangement by a third person of one spouse from the other. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • alienation — I (estrangement) noun abhorrence, abomination, acrimony, alienatio, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, bitterness, breach, break, deflection, disaffection, disfavor, disruption, division, enmity, execration, hostility, implacability,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

  • alienation — An estrangement, as in alienation of affections; also a mental derangement. A transfer of property in such manner as to transfer title. Butler v Fitzgerald, 43 Neb 192. Within the meaning of a statute requiring the concurrence of both spouses to… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 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 — Al ien*a tion, n. [F. ali[ e]nation, L. alienatio, fr. alienare, fr. alienare. See {Alienate}.] 1. The act of alienating, or the state of being alienated. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A transfer of title, or a legal conveyance of property to another.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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