Definition of civil marriage in English:

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civil marriage

Pronunciation: /ˈsivil ˈmerij/


A marriage solemnized as a civil contract without religious ceremony.
Example sentences
  • Provisions in the Act govern civil marriages and require no religious ritual or ceremony of any kind.
  • If they oppose civil marriage as an institution, they wouldn't be sinning by entering into the religious marriage but not the civil marriage.
  • They conveniently ignore the fact that there is a distinct difference between religious and civil marriages and that California recognizes common-law relationships.

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Syllabification: civ·il mar·riage

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