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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

Marriage market

Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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Marriage market  (MARRIAGE market)

From a legal point of view, any person who meets the conditions set by law or custom to contract a marriage is marriageable 1, and the marriageable population 2 is made up of such persons; the non-marriageable population 3 consists of those who are not free to do so by law or custom. The marriage market 4, the marriageable circle 5★ or group of persons 5★ among whom mate selection 6 takes place however, does not include all marriageable persons; candidates to marriage 7 include only those who are not excluded, at least temporarily, by reasons of health or other circumstances from the marriage market. Widowed or divorced persons may contract a new marriage; there is thus a distinction between a first marriage 8 and a marriage of higher order, or remarriage 9. Because the order of marriage 10 may differ for the two spouses, the term “first marriage” is ambiguous unless specified as referring to groom (501-6*) or to bride (501-7*) or to both parties; unless otherwise specified, it refers to a marriage between a bachelor (515-3) and a spinster (515-4).

  • 9. Remarriage, n. - remarry, v. - remarried, adj.