morganatic marriage

Under the law of some countries, a man's marriage to a woman of lower rank who does not share his rank nor enjoy full legal rights as a wife.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Morganatic marriage — In the context of European royalty, a morganatic marriage is a marriage between people of unequal social rank, which prevents the passage of the husband s titles and privileges to the wife and any children born of the marriage. It is also known… …   Wikipedia

  • morganatic marriage — n. A marriage between a person of royal birth and a partner of lower rank, in which the latter has no royal status or title. Example Citation: It may be that many people in Britain would not seriously object to Charles marrying Camilla.... That… …   New words

  • morganatic marriage — ▪ law       legally valid marriage between a male member of a sovereign, princely, or noble house and a woman of lesser birth or rank, with the provision that she shall not thereby accede to his rank and that the children of the marriage shall… …   Universalium

  • MORGANATIC MARRIAGE —    is a union permitted to German princes who, forbidden to marry except with one of equal rank, may ally themselves with a woman of inferior status, their children being legitimate but not eligible for the succession; the marriages of British… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • morganatic-marriage — See marriage …   Black's law dictionary

  • morganatic marriage —  One between a noble and a commoner in which the commoner and his or her descendants enjoy no privileges of inheritance …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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  • marriage — Legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife. Singer v. Kara, 11 Wash.App. 247, 522 P.2d 1187, 1193. Marriage, as distinguished from the agreement to marry and from the act of becoming married, is the legal status, condition, or… …   Black's law dictionary

  • marriage — Legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife. Singer v. Kara, 11 Wash.App. 247, 522 P.2d 1187, 1193. Marriage, as distinguished from the agreement to marry and from the act of becoming married, is the legal status, condition, or… …   Black's law dictionary

  • morganatic — [18] A morganatic marriage is one between people of different social status, in which the rank and entitlements of the higherstatus partner are not shared by the lower or their offspring. The word morganatic is a survival of an ancient Germanic… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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