Examples of wedlock in a Sentence
joined the happy couple in holy wedlock
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Now that singlehood and out-of-wedlock childbirth have shed a degree of social stigma, the theory suggests, an increase in men’s incomes won’t revive norms that have already faded away.
Most never return, and the stigma associated with having a child out of wedlock means most men would never consider marrying these girls.
Fewer than one in 10 kids were born out of wedlock; now it’s four in 10.
The proportion of out-of-wedlock births varied a great deal according to race and ethnicity.
Given their 12-year age difference, intercourse outside of wedlock would have been considered statutory rape.
Many stigmas, like pre-marital sex or having children out of wedlock, are quickly disappearing.
Family life: Marriages are down; out-of-wedlock births are up.
Today, 40 percent of children are born out of wedlock, up from 5 percent in 1960.
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Origin and Etymology of wedlock
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsconjugality, connubiality, match, matrimony, marriage
Related Wordsmonogamy; bigamy, polyandry, polygamy, polygyny; intermarriage, miscegenation, mixed marriage, remarriage; cohabitation, common-law marriage; civil union, domestic partnership; attachment, commitment, relationship; betrothal, engagement, espousal, hand, pledge, promise, proposal, troth
Near Antonymsannulment, divorce, separation
WEDLOCK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wedlock for English Language Learners
: the state of being married
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