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[Late Latin fornicatio, from fornicare to have intercourse with prostitutes, from Latin fornic- fornix arch, vault, brothel]
: consensual sexual intercourse between a man and esp. single woman who are not married to each other
: the crime of engaging in fornication compare adultery NOTE: Where still considered a crime, fornication is classified as a misdemeanor.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.