Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to marriage or to a spouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to marriage, or to a spouse; spousal.

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  • adjective obsolete Relating to marriage, or to a spouse; spousal.

Etymologies

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Latin sponsalis, from sponsus a betrothal, from spondere, sponsum, to betroth. See spouse, and compare espousal, spousal.

Examples

  • Since marriage, apart from "matrimonium ratum" which is dissolved for one party by religious profession, is regularly dissolved by death alone, proof of this death must be established before the second marriage can validly be contracted (C. 19, X, de sponsal.,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

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