subsequente copula
in Scots family law, a form of irregular marriage that took place as at the date of sexual intercourse if a promise to marry had been made fore it and the act took place on the faith of it. Clearly, this helped avoid the stigma of children being illegitimate (See illegitimacy).

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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