absolute impediment

noun

Definition of absolute impediment

canon & civil law
: a diriment impediment that makes it impossible for a person to enter into a marriage but does not require punishment or a decree of annulment

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First Known Use of absolute impediment

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Absolute impediment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute%20impediment. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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