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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That means credit scores, gender, marital status, home ownership, and other personal attributes can no longer affect your insurance costs. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Michigan's Auto Insurance Premiums, Highest in the Nation, Targeted by Bipartisan Deal," 24 May 2019 Familiarity is renowned as the ideal breeding ground for contempt, the most noxious beast in the marital jungle. Belinda Luscombe, Marie Claire, "Your Partner's Annoying Habits Are Pushing You to the Edge—Here's How Not to Break Up," 21 May 2019 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

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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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