I am looking for a term or expression to describe people who clearly have very strong feelings for each other but, for reasons beyond their control, were unable to be together for a long time.

I feel unrequited love isn't the right term as neither side rejects the other.

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    The Victorians referred to a 'long engagement', when a man had to wait to marry until he could financially support a wife and the inevitable family (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Engagement) - but that doesn't apply to modern circumstances. – Kate Bunting Dec 10 '19 at 13:04
  • @KateBunting- I like that one, thank you, it's certainly the closest I've seen yet. – technicalbloke Dec 10 '19 at 14:56
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    Are you looking for 'long-awaited' togetherness? – Yosef Baskin Dec 10 '19 at 15:07
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    The title asks to describe a relationship, the body asks to describe people. An example sentence would help make clear which one is right. – Jim Dec 10 '19 at 18:48
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    is 'be together" a synonym for "to consummate"? – Arm the good guys in America Dec 11 '19 at 5:16


A relationship that has no label on it.. like a friendship but more than a friendship but not quite a relationship.

Urban Dictionary

I picked up this "word" from a 14 year old recently. I find it rather descriptive of the situation you have described.

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    Thanks, that's a really cool word, but what I'm looking for is something that conveys a passion that cannot be - people who are really in love but cannot express that, and cannot be together for some external reason. – technicalbloke Dec 13 '19 at 12:20
  • complicated lol – Jalene Dec 15 '19 at 1:46

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