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Definition of Divorce

(noun) The formal legal or socially sanctioned termination of a marriage.

Examples of Divorce

  • Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (1996)
  • Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills (2008)

Divorce Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /dɪˈvɔːs/
    • British English
      • /dɪˈvɔːs/
  • Syllabification: (di·vorce)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: divorces
  • This is a simplified definition of a vast continuum of societal and cultural practices which determine the basis for a divorce and the repercussions.
  • In contrast to divorce, a separation is a temporary break in a marriage that may or may not lead to a divorce.
  • family resulting from a divorce is called a divorced family and is often a single-parent family. If one of these family types joins with another it is called a blended family.
  • Type: gray divorce
  • Also called:
    • dissolution of marriage
    • divorcement
    • marital separation
  • A (noun) divorcée is a divorced individual, typically referring to a woman and a (noun) divorcer (verb) divorces another individual for (adjective) divorceable or (adjective) divorcive reasons.

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Reference

Cherlin, Andrew. 1978. “Remarriage as an Incomplete Institution.” American Journal of Sociology 84(3):634–50. doi:10.1086/226830

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Cite the Definition of Divorce

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “divorce.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/divorce/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

divorce. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/divorce/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “divorce.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/divorce/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“divorce.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/divorce/>.