Example sentences for: out-of-wedlock

How can you use “out-of-wedlock” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • The number of abortions among unmarried women grew from roughly 100,000 a year in the late 1960s (compared with some 322,000 out-of-wedlock births) to more than 1.2 million a year (compared with 715,000 out-of-wedlock births) in the early 1980s.

  • Since 1990, teen-age out-of-wedlock births have actually decreased very slightly.

  • But as David Ellwood and Lawrence Summers have shown, cash welfare benefits rose sharply in the 1960s and fell in the 1970s and 1980s, when out-of-wedlock births rose most.

  • Meanwhile, fertility rates for married women of both races declined rapidly, making the out-of-wedlock birth ratio even larger.

  • Liberals have tended to favor the explanation offered by William Julius Wilson, who, in a 1987 study, attributed the increase in out-of-wedlock births to a decline in the marriageability of black men, due to a shortage of jobs.


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