[ dir-uh-muh nt ]
/ ˈdɪr ə mənt /


causing to become wholly void; nullifying.

Origin of diriment

1840–50; < Latin diriment-, stem of dirimēns, present participle of dirimere; see diremption
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Examples from the Web for diriment

  • The simple vow of chastity made by the scholastics is a diriment impediment of matrimony.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell
  • The instruments used to render its strict theory ineffective are "diriment impediments" and "dispensations."

British Dictionary definitions for diriment

/ (ˈdɪrɪmənt) /


(of an impediment to marriage in canon law) totally invalidating
rare nullifying

Word Origin for diriment

C19: from Latin dirimēns separating, from Latin dirimere to part, from dis- 1 + emere to obtain
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