diriment impediment

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Noun1.diriment impediment - (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
deterrent, hinderance, hindrance, impediment, balk, baulk, handicap, check - something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
canon law, ecclesiastical law - the body of codified laws governing the affairs of a Christian church
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John Dedek argues that positive law, even that which establishes diriment impediments, does not bind in every case.