mar·​i·​tal | \ ˈmer-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce marital (audio) , ˈma-rə-\

Definition of marital

1 : of or relating to marriage or the married state marital vows
2 : of or relating to a husband and his role in marriage

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maritally \ ˈmer-​ə-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce maritally (audio) , ˈma-​rə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for marital


conjugal, connubial, married, matrimonial, nuptial, wedded



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Examples of marital in a Sentence

They've been having marital problems. neither of them ever forgot their marital vows, no matter how hard things sometimes got

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This requires admirable self-control, and not all marital battles can be worked out so calmly. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Right Ways to Argue in Front of Your Children," 22 Apr. 2019 Caught on this marital battleground, my instincts told me to get the proof. Donna Ferrato, Time, "Photographer Donna Ferrato: Black Eyes Don’t Lie," 12 Feb. 2018 But in a time when marital rape was not yet criminalized and women had little hope of securing financial independence to leave an alcoholic husband, cutting off men’s supply of booze seemed a sound solution. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Liberated Spirits’ Review: When Alcohol Was a Women’s Issue," 25 Oct. 2018 Instead, the complaint says, Cohen waited until October 2016 - when Trump faced the prospect of a news story about his marital infidelity landing shortly before the election. The Washington Post,, "Days before election, Stormy Daniels threatened to cancel deal to keep alleged affair with Trump secret," 2 Mar. 2018 This is a major finding, since previous research had determined that pre-marital cohabitation ups one's divorce risk. Meredith Bodgas, Woman's Day, "Marriage News: 3 Surprising Pre-Vow Moves That Affect Your Marriage's Happiness," 20 Aug. 2014 The former Playboy model revealed in recent months the pair were having marital problems. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Kendra Wilkinson hints at split with Hank Baskett after 9 years of marriage," 2 Oct. 2018 In India, a majority of courts do not consider marital rape a crime and therefore do not punish even those who may confess to it. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "On Sending Women Home to Die," 18 June 2018 Since their big day, Cyrus and Hemsworth have remained typically chill about the whole thing, enjoying very quiet marital bliss aside from sharing just a couple of sweet moments to mark the start of their new life together. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Already Have the Best Husband/Wife Banter," 29 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of marital

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for marital

Latin maritalis, from maritus married

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The first known use of marital was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of marital

: of or relating to marriage


mar·​i·​tal | \ ˈmer-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce marital (audio) \

Kids Definition of marital

: of or relating to marriage


mar·​i·​tal | \ ˈmar-ət-ᵊl How to pronounce marital (audio) \

Legal Definition of marital

: of or relating to marriage or the married state

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