- Latin sponsalis, from sponsus a betrothal, from spondere, sponsum, to betroth. See spouse, and compare espousal, spousal. (Wiktionary)
“Since marriage, apart from "matrimonium ratum" which is dissolved for one party by religious profession, is regularly dissolved by death alone, proof of this death must be established before the second marriage can validly be contracted (C. 19, X, de sponsal.,”
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