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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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CIVIL MARRIAGE

A marriage contract witnessed by a civil official authorized by the state. In some countries every marriage, although later solemnized by the Church, must first be performed before a civil functionary.