Definition of diriment impediment in English:

diriment impediment

Syllabification: dir·i·ment im·ped·i·ment
Pronunciation: /ˌdirəmənt imˈpedəmənt


(In ecclesiastical law) a factor that invalidates a marriage, such as the existence of a prior marriage.
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  • The reason for this is that a prior marriage is only a diriment impediment to marriage, when it is truly valid.
  • If a diriment impediment exists and consent is exchanged, no marriage is contracted.
  • On its completion the novice makes the usual vows of religion, the simple vow of chastity in the Society having the force of a diriment impediment to matrimony.


mid 19th century: diriment from Latin diriment- 'interrupting', from the verb dirimere.

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