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.
The numerical value of marital status in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of marital status in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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Due to the very low levels of health-enhancing physical activity accumulated by all of the demographic subgroups within the U.S., ongoing efforts should be made to encourage physical activity among all men regardless of race or marital status.
The older research was really looking at marital status and health at one point in time and taking a picture that was way too simple for our social world, one of the things this study does is look at the fact that partnership is varied, and partnership is not static.
She's a woman who went from top model to singer and actress, and from champagne socialist to wife of a right-wing president, sure there's a risk, because she is marked by the political side of her marital status, but her international celebrity is an incredible driver for the visibility of our campaign.
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