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wedlock

noun The state of being married; marriage.
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001, and ratio of children born out of wedlock to the number of mother's friends, [beta] = -.
They said it also reflects the fact that having a child out of wedlock is more acceptable nowadays and not necessarily the source of shame it once was.
Partisans of a general crisis of the seventeenth century will take heart to learn that within their period (say 1630-1730), ages at marriage were higher, births out of wedlock were rarer, brides were less often pregnant, parity progression ratios were lower, and births came more seldom to wives in their forties.
Holyfield, the IBF and WBA heavyweight champion, now has nine children - the newborn Elijah Jedidiah to his wife, Janice; three with his first wife, Paulette, from whom he has been divorced since 1991; and five others born out of wedlock to four women.
We cannot continue to tell women there is nothing wrong with having an out of wedlock child and that single parenthood is just another accept able life style in a range of acceptable life styles.
Such children are, as Dan Quayle got in trouble for suggesting, more prone to a variety of troubles, from criminal activity to having kids out of wedlock themselves.
First, he publicly acknowledged a son born out of wedlock whom he had denied for years.
Young women who take a virginity pledge are at least 40 percent less likely to have a child out of wedlock and 12 times more likely to be virgins when they marry, compared to young women who do not make such a pledge, the study revealed.
Dubai -- The Dubai Public Prosecution has charged an Arab woman, who claimed that she was raped, with consensual sex out of wedlock.
He already has three wives and believed to have had fathered a number of children out of wedlock.
At the time, about one in four black children were born out of wedlock.
In 2002 in Nordland district, 67 per cent of children were born out of wedlock.