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    Default Does the definition sound neutral?

    I'd like to know whether the definition below is neutral, derogative or commendatory?

    Concubine: A woman who cohabits with a man.

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    Default Re: Does the definition sound neutral?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHope
    I'd like to know whether the definition below is neutral, derogative or commendatory?

    Concubine: A woman who cohabits with a man.
    Neutral. Note that, a modern day housewife cohabits with a man. :wink: The definition should be a bit more specific.

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    Cool!

    I'd like to hear more opinions about it!

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    Both dictionary.com and m-w.com (Marriam-Webster dictionary) agree with your definition, with the addition of "...without being legaly married to him" (thus agreeing with Casiopea).

    Secondary definitions from these two dictionaries include:

    -"In certain societies, such as imperial China, a woman contracted to a man as a secondary wife, often having few legal rights and low social status."

    -"One having a recognized social status in a household below that of a wife"

    -"A wife of inferior condition; a lawful wife, but not united to the man by the usual ceremonies, and of inferior condition."


    Dictionary.com definition
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    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks Sam-F.

    But I just hoped you offer your opinion whether the definition is neutral or d/c.

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    Right, sorry.

    I guess that, if you don't mention the fact that either a concubine isn't married, or that she might be of lower social status, calling a concubine "someone who cohabits with a man" is a little too neutral: it's like saying that a concubine is a woman -- it's neutral, but it doesn't say enough.

    The definitions that I quoted I'd also say were neutral.

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