com·​pan·​ion·​ate kəm-ˈpan-yə-nət How to pronounce companionate (audio)
: relating to or having the manner of companions
specifically : harmoniously or suitably accompanying

Examples of companionate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That lovingness matches, in a weird way, the tone of Death’s monologues, which, despite a constant Catskills-esque patter of dark jokes about the daily vagaries and indignities of his work, often sound like a companionate essay by Jacobs-Jenkins. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 12 June 2023 These examples make a case for animals having emotional attachments, not unlike companionate love in humans. Kate Golembiewski, Discover Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021 That’s because companionate love (for a long-term partner), romantic love and lust are orchestrated by three different brain systems, which operate in tandem. Dina Cheney, Good Housekeeping, 2 Nov. 2020 Yet the weight of transcendent meaning and mysticism which gets transferred from divinity to companionate marriage here (as everywhere else in our world) seems a cruelly heavy burden upon intimate life. Mark Greif, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of companionate was in 1925

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“Companionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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