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1 : the benefits of love, care, affection, and companionship that family members receive from each other [sought damages for loss of from his wife's wrongful death] compare consortium
2 : a voluntary association of individuals dedicated to common ends [a conservation ]
3 : a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.