Definitions for "Cohabitation"
The act or state of dwelling together, or in the same place with another.
The living together of a man and woman in supposed sexual relationship.
Status of a couple who live together and maintain a sexual relationship without being legally married.
Cohabitation in government occurs in semi-presidential systems, such as France's system, when the President and the prime minister come from different political parties. Adherents say that it prevents the stagnation of "split majorities" that can occur in presidential systems, a concern especially relevant to the French in light of the instability and political paralysis of previous French Republics. Critics argue that it can also result in massive political tension in times of crisis, as seen in Sri Lanka during the later months of 2003.