marriage of convenience

marriage of convenience
noun
a marriage for expediency rather than love
Hypernyms: ↑marriage, ↑matrimony, ↑union, ↑spousal relationship, ↑wedlock

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Etymology: translation of French mariage de convenance
: a marriage contracted rather for the advantages (as keeping an estate in a family, acquiring social position) arising out of it than because of mutual affection

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marriage entered into for a personal or family advantage, as for social, political, or economic reasons, usually without love and sometimes without the expectation of sexual relations.
[1705-15]

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marriage of convenience noun
A marriage (or figurative, a close business union, etc) for reasons of expediency rather than affection
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Main Entry:marriage

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marriage of convenience UK US noun [countable] [singular marriage of convenience plural ˌmarriages of conˈvenience]
a marriage arranged for political or financial reasons and not for love
Thesaurus: relating to marriage and types of marriagehyponym to get, or to be marriedsynonym

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marriage of convenience,
= marriage de convenance.

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a marriage concluded to achieve a practical purpose

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noun, pl marriages of convenience [count]
: a marriage made for social, political, or economic reasons and not for love — usually singular;
— often used figuratively

The two companies have joined together in a marriage of convenience.

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ˌmarriage of conˈvenience [marriage of convenience] noun
a marriage that is made for practical, financial or political reasons and not because the two people love each other

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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