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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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the dissolving of a natural bond in a marriage that is not a sacrament, as in the case of a Pauline Privilege when one of the parties enters a sacramental marriage union. Also the dissolving of a sacramental marriage that had not been consummated by natural intercourse after the marital contract.

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