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Courting is the experience of developing a deep relationship with someone, with a view to seeing if marriage is right for the couple, without the complexity of sexual intimacy being part of that relationship. Enabling each to find out everything about each other, developing unconditional love and trust, with out rushing things, to decide if this really is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
They enjoyed their carefree courting days, long walks in the sunshine, talking, getting to know each other in great depth, enjoying each others company as true friends.
by snazzy-shazzy December 30, 2015
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Dating is for fun. Courting is for marriage.

Traditionally Courting would include no sexual activity but today that is not usually followed.
Dating->Relationship->Courting->Engaged->Married
by wizfriz March 25, 2011
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When a Muslim or chaste person of the Book (Christian, Jew) gets to know another person of the opposite sex with the purpose of seeking marriage.

When two people are courting they are meeting and getting to know each while maintains their religions rules and etiquette of modesty and gender interactions.

It was more commonly used up to to early 20th century, up to the end of the Victorian era. The culture of getting intimate with the opposite sex has changed and evolved. Now in the 21st century the term dating is more commonly used, where 2 people will meet and form a relationship without marriage in mind. Only when the relationship is on full swing will the dating couple consider marriage.

This is why it's assumed (with exceptions existing ofcourse) that two people that are courting are most likely Muslim, or chaste people of the Book.
a: Maashaa Allah, my brother and Fatima have been courting for sometime now . I think their nikkah will be done next week.

b: Your mother and I courted for 2 months.
by TheGirlWhoSlayzzzz December 25, 2017
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To have an excuse to not be "dating"....yet still routinely boning. A way to subtly deflect impertinent questions with sarcastic humor via archaic terminology without offending the one with whom one bones.
"Dude, I saw you with that girl last weekend. What's up with that?"
"What are you talking about?"
"Are you dating?"
"Nah, we're just courting."
by kittycatmongoose February 07, 2010
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