Meaning of decree absolute in English:

decree absolute


nounplural noun decrees absolute

English Law
  • A court of law's final order officially ending a marriage, enabling either party to remarry.

    ‘But the Court of Appeal held that at the date of the decree absolute there was no settlement in existence: the gift was not a settlement and the loan, which might have amounted to a settlement, had never been made.’
    • ‘A decree absolute was announced at York County Court on May 5, 2002.’
    • ‘Thirteen illegal husbands later, she divorced her real spouse, before another genuine marriage in 1995 just eight weeks after her decree absolute.’
    • ‘After a long separation, they are now getting the decree absolute.’
    • ‘Last Saturday the envelope containing my decree absolute landed on the mat.’