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civil marriage

noun
  1. a marriage performed by a government official, as distinguished from a member of the clergy.
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Origin of civil marriage

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called civil union.
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Historical Examples of 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
  1. law a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman
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