[dir-uh-muh nt]

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

Historical Examples of 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


  1. (of an impediment to marriage in canon law) totally invalidating
  2. 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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