fornication

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for·ni·ca·tion

(fōr'ni-kā'shŭn), Do not confuse this word with formication.
Sexual intercourse, especially between unmarried partners.
[L. fornicatio, an arched or vaulted basement (brothel)]

fornication

[fôr′nikā′shən]
Etymology: L, fornix, arch
(in law) sexual intercourse between two people who are not married to each other. The specific legal definition varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In some, both persons are unmarried; in some, one is unmarried; in some, the charge is adultery rather than fornication if the woman is married, regardless of the man's marital status.

fornication

Coitus; sexual intercourse.

fornication

Coitus. Cf Formication.

for·ni·ca·tion

(fōr-ni-kā'shŭn)
Sexual intercourse between partners unmarried to each other.
[L. fornicatio, an arched or vaulted basement (brothel)]
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Whereas the incidence of female premarital intercourse "leveled off in the 1940s and 1950s," Skolnick maintains that premarital sex soared during the 1960s, as "young women abandoned their desperate struggle to remain categorized as virgins.
The proportion of teens using contraception at first premarital intercourse increased from 53% during the period 1980 through 1982 to 71% during the period 1983 through 1988.
For example, young men who attend religious services regularly are less likely than those who do not attend to engage in premarital intercourse.