com·​pan·​ion·​ate | \ kəm-ˈpan-yə-nət How to pronounce companionate (audio) \

Definition of companionate

: 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’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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First Known Use of companionate

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Companionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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