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



Definition of spousal (Entry 2 of 2)

: nuptials usually used in plural

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Other Words from spousal


spousally adverb

Examples of spousal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blackstock, 43, is also seeking $436,000 in monthly spousal and child support. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 6 July 2021 Women generally fare worse financially than men after a divorce, but an ex-wife may be able to ease the hit by claiming a spousal or a survivor benefit on her former husband’s work record. New York Times, 28 June 2021 Many traders eligible for trader tax status (TTS) already use a PTE like a spousal-member LLC/partnership or single-member LLC/S-Corp. Robert Green, Forbes, 24 June 2021 However, the excess spousal amount is reduced for age if taken prior to FRA. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The divorce documents filed by Melinda do not request spousal or child support, only that the court enforce the couple's separation contract. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 18 May 2021 For some, a spousal IRA can partly make up for these losses. Carla Fried, Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 Rodriguez-Tornes was brought up to be a victim, the court said: Starting at age 5, her mother told her to obey her future husband’s orders and accept spousal abuse, and beat her almost daily to prepare her for the future. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Apr. 2021 The first is a tragic portrait of childhood neglect, horrific spousal abuse and private suffering. NBC News, 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of spousal


1904, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spousal


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 3 Aug. 2021.

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