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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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LEGAL RELATIONSHIP

A matrimonial impediment resulting from adoption. It is classified as a nullifying or merely hindering impediment to marriage according to the existing laws of the State. The Church can dispense from both forms of impediment.

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