wedlock

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wedlock

noun The state of being married; marriage.
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a) The natural parents participated in a marriage ceremony before or after the birth of the person born out of wedlock, even though the attempted marriage is void.
We computed the ratio of number of children born out of wedlock to number of siblings age 13 and above.
For example, the courts found creative solutions to circumvent the 1944 decree that revived illegitimacy as a legal category and freed men from financial responsibility for children born out of wedlock.
Children born out of wedlock are seven times more likely to be poor than children born to couples who are married.
The consistency of such strategies would indicate that although these children were born out of wedlock, and therefore illegitimate in the technical sense, they were not excluded from achieving significant status in Renaissance society.
In a rigidly Catholic country that legalized divorce only in 1997, more than one third of all children are now born out of wedlock.
The mother told the police that Jassem was born out of wedlock and had no identity documents.
The Daily Mail reports the majority of Britons appear to be unaware that Jesus was born out of wedlock and some believe that the first person to visit the manger was Santa.
The figures show the number of children born out of wedlock in the 27-nation bloc has doubled over the past two decades and now accounts for over one-third of the region's births.
ALL mothers have been urged to take their children to hospital if they are sick - even if they were born out of wedlock.
The constitutionality of this provision was challenged by 10 children who were born out of wedlock to Japanese fathers and Filipina mothers but were acknowledged by their fathers as their own after their births.