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civil marriage

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noun

a marriage performed by a government official, as distinguished from a member of the clergy.

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Nearby words

civil law, civil libertarian, civil liberties, civil liberty, civil list, civil marriage, civil partnership, civil righter, civil rightist, civil rights, civil rights act of 1964

Origin of civil marriage

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called civil union.
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Examples from the Web for civil marriage

  • The civil-marriage law was pushed through in spite of the sullen resistance of the conservatives and clericals.

    The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)|Thomas C. Dawson

British Dictionary definitions for civil marriage

civil marriage


noun

law a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman
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