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BETROTHAL

An agreement by promise to marry. Unless written and dated, signed by both parties and by the pastor or by two witnesses, such promise, even though formally made, was not an impediment to marriage with another party. (Etym. English troth, a variant of truth.)

See Also: ESPOUSALS

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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