Divorce Definition

dĭ-vôrs
divorced, divorces, divorcing
noun
divorces
Legal and formal dissolution of a marriage.
Webster's New World
A court order or other document establishing such a dissolution.
American Heritage
Any complete separation or disunion.
Webster's New World
A separation between things that were once connected or associated.
American Heritage
A divorced man.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
divorced, divorces, divorcing
To dissolve legally a marriage between; separate by divorce.
Webster's New World
To dissolve the marriage with (one's spouse)
Webster's New World
To get a divorce.
Webster's New World
To separate; disunite.
Webster's New World
The termination of a marriage by court order; the state of having terminated a marriage.
Webster's New World Law
Antonyms:
marry
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other
A proceeding in which the marriage is terminated but other issues pertaining to alimony, distribution of assets, or custody of children are reserved for another proceeding in another jurisdiction or under the laws of another state. Also known as a limited divorce.
Webster's New World Law
A divorce granted at the parties’ request without any adjudication of wrongdoing (such as abandonment, infidelity, or mental cruelty).
Webster's New World Law
A divorce received through the mail or otherwise without the presence of the parties in the court granting it. Not recognized in the United States because of the lack of personal jurisdiction.
Webster's New World Law
Latin.) Divorce from bed and board. A proceeding, current in Britain until the nineteenth century, that resulted in the parties remaining married but living separately. The term is still used in a few jurisdictions.
Webster's New World Law
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Other Word Forms of Divorce

Noun

Singular:
divorce
Plural:
divorces, divorcs

Origin of Divorce

  • From Old French divorce, from Latin dīvortium, from dīvertere (“to turn aside”), from dī- (“apart”) + vertere (“to turn”); see verse.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin dīvortium from dīvortere to divert variant of dīvertere divert

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French masculine past participle of divorcer to divorce from Old French from divorce divorce divorce

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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