Definitions for marital status
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the condition of being married or unmarried
One of several discrete options describing a person's relationship with a significant other.
A person's marital status indicates whether the person is married. Questions about marital status appear on many polls and forms, including censuses. The question has historically also appeared in job applications and credit card applications and similar contexts, though the practice is increasing regarded as anachronistic as an answer would normally not be relevant to the consideration of the merits of an application, and may in fact be considered unlawful discrimination in some countries. In the simplest sense, the only possible answers are "married" or "single". Some unmarried people object to describing themselves by a simplistic term "single", and often other options are given, such as "divorced", "widowed", widow or widower, "cohabiting", "civil union", "domestic partnership" and "unmarried partners". In some cases, knowing that people are divorced, widowed, or in a relationship is more useful than simply knowing that they are unmarried. The category of "married" would also cover the situation of the person being "separated". In many cases people who are in a committed co-habiting relationship may describe themselves as married, and some laws require them to do so.
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A demographic parameter indicating a person's status with respect to marriage, divorce, widowhood, singleness, etc.
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