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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Most tellingly, Anderson’s son, alive in the book, is now dead, generating additional stress and marital discord. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Outsider’ Takes a Stephen King Novel and Makes It Darker," 10 Jan. 2020 Under the terms of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, the monarch was required to give consent to any marital match of his or her heirs under the age of twenty-five; this requirement persists, in a different legal form. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Flush," 10 Jan. 2020 News of the marital conflict comes shortly after Laich shared a cryptic Instagram about his intentions and goals for the new year. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich Have ‘Been Having Problems for Months,’ Source Says," 8 Jan. 2020 Shield Bearer also provides emergency marital counseling, which takes place over the course of an entire day with a couple and two therapists, and premarital counseling. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston nonprofit Shield Bearer outlines 2020 needs, goals," 7 Jan. 2020 From billion-dollar divorces to marital tensions, read on for the year’s most notable entries into the Notes app canon. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "2019 Was the Year of the Celebrity Notes App Statement," 31 Dec. 2019 According to this worthy, human marital norms, but not battle norms, are applicable to animals. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 That’s particularly true on platforms like Facebook, where many users volunteer information about everything from their age and marital status to their interests, hobbies and opinions. Chris Wilson, Time, "The Trump Campaign Has Raised Millions Off Impeachment — And Facebook Is One of Its Most Powerful Tools," 5 Dec. 2019 This was quite a feat, as the questions were incredibly wide-ranging; everything from horrible engine noises to marital disputes was fair game. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Why You Should Still Listen to Car Talk," 29 Nov. 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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Marital.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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