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IMPEDIENT IMPEDIMENT

An obstacle that affects one or both parties wishing to get married and that makes their marriage illicit unless they have received proper dispensation from the Church. Yet if they marry their marriage is valid. Also called inhibiting impediment.

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

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