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Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin divertere 'to divert, leave one's husband'

divorce

1 noun
     
di‧vorce1 S3
1 [uncountable and countable]SSFSCL the legal ending of a marriage [↪ separation]:
Why doesn't she get a divorce?
One in three marriages ends in divorce.
file/sue/petition for divorce (=start the legal divorce process)
the rise in the divorce rate
She received the house as part of the divorce settlement (=the amount of money, property etc each person receives in a divorce case).
The Act extended the grounds (=legal reasons) for divorce.
2 [countable usually singular] formal the fact of separating two related things
divorce between
the divorce between theory and method
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