non·​mar·​i·​tal ˌnän-ˈmer-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce nonmarital (audio)
: not of, relating to, or occurring within marriage or the married state : not marital
nonmarital childbearing
nonmarital cohabitation
nonmarital sexual relations

Examples of nonmarital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of the marital assets, Derek Chauvin would receive a debt of $8,862.17 to be subtracted from his nonmarital award of $429,630.39. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, 19 Jan. 2021 That has a lot to do with the less rigid, more free-form nature of the nonmarital, nonfamilial friend relationship itself. Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 But a distinctly nonmarital altar awaits the trusting young girl. Rachel Hadas, The Conversation, 8 July 2022 The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin, found that nonmarital childbearing has increased significantly among women of all educational levels over the past quarter-century. Janet Adamy, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2021 Winship also expresses concern that bigger benefits could encourage single parenthood, given the big increases in nonmarital births that occurred while the old welfare system was in effect. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, 5 Mar. 2021 Derek Chauvin would have received $452,524.38 in nonmarital assets from the same accounts. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, 4 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonmarital was in 1855

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“Nonmarital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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