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- adj. an impediment that nullifies marriage.
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- n. (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
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Qualified as just stated, fear is a diriment impediment of marriage when coupled with violence or threats (vis et metus).
Hence in Roman law affinity arising from a valid marriage, whether consummated or not, constituted a diriment impediment between the affined in all degrees throughout the direct line, and to the second degree (civil method of computing) in the indirect or oblique line.