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Marriageable population

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Marriageable population  (MARRIAGEABLE population)

For demographic purposes a distinction is sometimes drawn between the marriageable population1, i.e., persons who are legally free to contract a marriage, and the non-marriageable population2, i. c, those who are not free to do so. Widowed or divorced persons may contract a new marriage; there is thus a distinction between a first marriage3 and a marriage of a higher order sometimes called a remarriage4. Because the order of marriage5 may differ for the two spouses (501-5), the term "first marriage" is ambiguous unless specified as referring to groom (501-6*) or to bride (501-7*) or to both parties. Some demographers limit the term "first marriage", unless otherwise specified, to a marriage between, a bachelor (515-3) and a spinster (515-4).