International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

An Analytical Study of Definitions of the Term “Marriage”
Dr. N. A. Wimalasena (Ph.D)

The history of human society is nothing but the description of the evolution and diffusion of various institutions designed toward perpetuation, maintenance and survival of society. The institution of marriage occupies a unique place in the realm of institutions and it is this institution which is instrumental in perpetuating human society through regulations of conjugal and filial ties. The institution of marriage is as old as creation of the world. As a social institution, it has taken different forms in different societies from time immemorial. In this study an attempt is made to study the definitions of the term “marriage”. The chief sources of our knowledge about the institution are the literary data which give us a glimpse of the picture regarding progress in this sphere. There were various definitions of the term “marriage” presented by various scholars. The research will be mainly based on secondary sources and wherever necessary material will also be obtained from limited primary sources.

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