spousal

adjective
spou·​sal | \ ˈspau̇-zəl How to pronounce spousal (audio) , -səl \

Definition of spousal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or involving a spouse spousal affection spousal assault spousal support

spousal

noun

Definition of spousal (Entry 2 of 2)

: nuptials usually used in plural

Other Words from spousal

Adjective

spousally adverb

Examples of spousal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The government pension offset, or GPO, lowers the amount of Social Security spousal benefits that pension-eligible employees receive in retirement — by up to two-thirds the amount of a pension. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Sep. 2022 Additionally, the Beneath the Surface actress requested Gigandet, 39, pay spousal support and asked the court to prevent him from seeking financial aid from her. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 Today's Social Security column addresses questions about when to file to maximize spousal and survivor benefits, when continued earnings do and do not increase benefit rates and whether benefits can be withheld to pay off back taxes. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 In the eyes of the Social Security Administration, only legal marriages and common law marriages qualify someone to claim spousal or survivor benefits. Amy Wagner And Steve Sprovach, The Enquirer, 16 June 2022 In that case, deciding to be quiet and just be scarce when John’s around would demonstrate a certain spousal savvy. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 In July, The Voice coach was ordered to pay her ex-husband and former manager $200,000 a month in spousal and child support, though a source previously told PEOPLE that Blackstock had requested $436,000 a month. Sarah Michaud, PEOPLE.com, 18 Feb. 2022 In July, The Voice coach was ordered to pay her ex-husband and former manager $200,000 a month in spousal and child support, though a source previously told PEOPLE that Blackstock had requested $436,000 a month. Sarah Michaud, PEOPLE.com, 18 Feb. 2022 Missouri’s already crowded and combustible GOP Senate primary is turning even more chaotic, with calls for the polling front-runner in the race to drop out after facing new allegations of spousal and child abuse. Fox News, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spousal

Adjective

1904, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spousal

Noun

Middle English spousaille, from Anglo-French spousailles, espusailles espousal

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“Spousal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spousal. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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