Co*hab"it(?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cohabited; p. pr. & vb. n. Cohabiting.] [L. cohabitare; co- + habitare to dwell, to have possession of (a place), freg. of habere to have. See Habit, n. & v.] 1. To inhabit or reside in company, or in the same place or country.
The Philistines were worsted by the captived ark . . . : they were not able to cohabit with that holy thing.South.
2. To dwell or live together as husband and wife.
The law presumes that husband and wife cohabit together, even after a voluntary separation has taken place between them.Bouvier.
By the common law as existing in the United States, marriage is presumed when a man and woman cohabit permanently together, being reputed by those who know them to be husband and wife, and admitting the relationship.
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