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betrothal

[bih-troh-th uh l, -traw-thuh l] /bɪˈtroʊ ðəl, -ˈtrɔ θəl/
noun
1.
the act or state of being betrothed; engagement.
Also, betrothment.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; betroth + -al2
Related forms
prebetrothal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prebetrothal

betrothal

/bɪˈtrəʊðəl/
noun
1.
engagement to be married
2.
a mutual promise to marry
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Word Origin and History for prebetrothal

betrothal

n.

1844, from betroth + -al (2). Earlier in same sense were betrothment (1580s), betrothing (14c.).

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Encyclopedia Article for prebetrothal

betrothal

promise that a marriage will take place. In societies in which premarital sexual relations are condoned or in which consensual union is common, betrothal may be unimportant. In other societies, however, betrothal is a formal part of the marriage process. In such cases a change of intention by one of the parties is a serious matter and may be referred to as a breach of promise, a civil transgression subject in some instances to a fine or other penalty

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