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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Other Words from marital

maritally \ -​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce maritally (audio) \ 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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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 Everyone has that nosey (but well-meaning!) relative who pesters you with questions about everything from your weight to your marital status. Ashley Edwards Walker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Navigate the Holidays When There’s an Estrangement in Your Family," 21 Dec. 2018 For example, measuring success in cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety would look very different than the metrics for success in couple’s therapy for marital discord. SELF, "How Can You Tell if Therapy Is Actually Working?," 11 Dec. 2018 Their marital troubles were splashed across the pages of India’s biggest newspapers. New York Times, "Influential Politician in India Is Accused of Driving Wife to Suicide," 14 May 2018 Democratic pollster Celinda Lake showed me polling that had married men voting 51 percent Republican and 48 percent Democrat, but their wives voted 54 percent Democrat and just 44 Republican, a notable marital break from prior elections. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018 Among the motley crew from New York, Boston, Cincinnati, and Seattle, who ranged in age and marital status, were some of Kluger's most devoted patrons. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 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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