Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to marriage; nuptial.
  • adj. Of or relating to a spouse.
  • n. Marriage; nuptials. Often used in the plural.

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  • adj. of or relating to marriage
  • adj. of or relating to a spouse, spouses; to the relationship between spouses
  • n. marriage; nuptials; espousal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a spouse or marriage; nuptial; matrimonial; conjugal; connubial; bridal.
  • n. Marriage; nuptials; espousal; -- generally used in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to marriage or espousal; nuptial; bridal; connubial.
  • n. Marriage; nuptials; espousal: often used in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to a wedding
  • adj. relating to a spouse

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Middle English spousaille, marriage, from Old French espousaille, from Latin spōnsālia, betrothal, from neuter pl. of spōnsālis, of marriage, from spōnsus, past participle of spondēre, to pledge; see spouse.

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From spouse +‎ -al

Examples

  • Attempted rape in spousal exception states is another good example of this.

    Matthew Yglesias » Financial Crisis and Causation

  • Anonymous said ... why is a gravy train spousal support?

    Prenup? Does that register?

  • She refers to her spousal relationship as "marital don't ask, don't tell." p.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Heck, let’s throw in spousal criticism and call it a character trait.

    Balloon Juice » 2006 » July

  • Alimony (also called spousal support) is tax deductible to the payor and taxable income to the payee.

    How To Make Divorce Less Taxing

  • Hearing about Cindy, I often want to call a spousal abuse center on her behalf.

    FANTASTIC! and no comparison

  • Second, the mere fact that you would want to "call a spousal abuse center" on Cindy McCain demonstrates your liberal superiority complex.

    FANTASTIC! and no comparison

  • For instance, alimony also called spousal support or maintenance will be set according to your ability to meet your own needs--or pay for those of your spouse--after the court distributes whatever property you have between you.

    Divorce: Trust Fund Feuds

  • It is quite another for the government to deprive them of a simple civil marriage license that entitles spousal benefits to the queer couple; in hospitals, on living wills, in probate court, in pensions and retirement benefits, you know all those nice things married people can do for each other.

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  • And among other things, they say that the state ought to get Medicaid block-granted, and they ought to have the right to get rid of the so-called spousal impoverishment rule.

    Remarks By President To Afl Cio Convention

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  • I have not loved a Roman, not to know

    What should become his wife; his wife, my Charmion!

    For ’tis to that high title I aspire;

    And now I’ll not die less. Let dull Octavia

    Survive, to mourn him dead: My nobler fate

    Shall knit our spousals with a tie, too strong

    For Roman laws to break.

    - John Dryden, 'All for Love'.

    September 20, 2009