Divorce meaning

dĭ-vôrs
Any complete separation or disunion.
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A separation between things that were once connected or associated.
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A divorce granted at the parties’ request without any adjudication of wrongdoing (such as abandonment, infidelity, or mental cruelty).
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To dissolve legally a marriage between; separate by divorce.
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A divorce obtain-ed by a spouse who moves or travels to another jurisdiction to obtain it.
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To dissolve the marriage with (one's spouse)
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To end marriage with (one's spouse) by way of legal divorce.
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A divorced man.
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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.
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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.
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Common law, meaning, from the bonds of marriage; a form of divorce based on grounds that preexisted the marriage, which resulted in a legal fiction that the marriage never existed (with the result that any children of the marriage are then considered illegitimate).
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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.
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A separation of connected things.

The Civil War split between Virginia and West Virginia was a divorce based along cultural and economic as well as geographic lines.

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To legally dissolve a marriage between two people.

A ship captain can marry couples, but cannot divorce them.

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To end one's own marriage in this way.

Lucy divorced Steve when she discovered that he had been unfaithful.

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To separate something that was connected.

The radical group voted to divorce itself from the main faction and start an independent movement.

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(intransitive) To obtain a legal divorce.

Edna and Simon divorced last year; he got the house, and she retained the business.

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The definition of a divorce is a legal ending to a marriage.

An example of divorce is the end of a marriage after a husband and wife have signed papers to dissolve their marriage.

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Divorce is defined as to legally dissolve a marriage.

An example of divorce is a wife telling her husband she wants to end their marriage.

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To dissolve the marriage bond between (two people).
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To cut off; separate or disunite.

An idea that was completely divorced from reality.

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To obtain a divorce.
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A divorced man.
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Legal and formal dissolution of a marriage.
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To separate; disunite.
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To get a divorce.
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The termination of a marriage by court order; the state of having terminated a marriage.
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To terminate a marriage to someone by obtaining a court order, usually referred to as a divorce decree.
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Richard obtained a divorce from his wife some years ago, but hasn't returned to the dating scene.

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Origin of divorce

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary