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In Ecclesiastical law, betrothal refers to a religious ceremony confirming an agreement to marry. Historically, betrothal was a formal contract, blessed or officiated by a religious authority. The betrothal was performed months or years before the parties wedded. In theory it was legally binding as a marriage and created an impediment to marriage with any other person, but not an insurmountable impediment. In modern form, the betrothal is usually a part of the marriage ceremony. It is also termed as betrothal.