the state of marriage; matrimony.
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How to use wedlock in a sentence
This recognized family rights when paternity is established, whether a child was born in or out of wedlock.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU | Anthony Haden-Guest | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The results are shocking: 96 percent of babies born to African American high school dropouts are born out of wedlock.The Real Enemy of Marital Bliss Are Those Most Opposed to Marriage Equality | Jay Michaelson | October 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mother and baby homes were where young women who had conceived out of wedlock were sent to have their babies.Ireland’s ‘Mother and Baby Home’ Horror Goes Beyond Tuam’s Dead Infants | Patsy McGarry | June 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Accepting the conception of a child out of love—and out of wedlock.‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Review: The Depressing Demise of a Once-Great Show | Kevin Fallon | February 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And she was one pro-life person who repeatedly opened her home to teenage women who had become pregnant out of wedlock.Remembering Ma Laureys, the Mother of 10 Christie Slandered to Win His First Election | Michael Daly | January 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It seems to form a bond of friendship which they regard as sacred as the vows of wedlock.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Honorine de Bauvan lost her child born out of wedlock, and she always mourned it.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Take you this man to husband, you who with such calmness sought to drive others into unwilling wedlock.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
When the discovery was made, the boy was born—and born out of lawful wedlock.Tristram of Blent | Anthony Hope
Women, too, whether on the street or in the holy bond of wedlock, were prone to sell their flesh.Revolution and Other Essays | Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for wedlock
the state of being married
born out of wedlock born when one's parents are not legally married
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Other Idioms and Phrases with wedlock
see out of wedlock.
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