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

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Other Words from spousal

Adjective

spousally adverb

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Castaneda was convicted in 2009 of spousal abuse and paroled after serving about a year in prison, corrections officials said. Washington Post, "Suspect in deadly California rampage pleads not guilty," 9 Aug. 2019 Castaneda was convicted in 2009 of spousal abuse and paroled after serving about a year in prison, corrections officials said. Amy Taxin, chicagotribune.com, "Man ‘full of anger’ kills 4 people, wounds 2 in random stabbing and robbery spree in California, police say," 8 Aug. 2019 The subtext of spousal abuse, coupled with a tragic fate that befalls one of the store’s workers, lends the film, by Thomas Stuber, a melancholy tone bordering on the morose. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "Love blossoms in the aisles of a big-box store in the German drama ‘In the Aisles’," 18 July 2019 The subtext of spousal abuse, coupled with a tragic fate that befalls one of the store’s workers, lends the film, by Thomas Stuber, a melancholy tone bordering on the morose. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "Love blossoms in the aisles of a big-box store in the German drama ‘In the Aisles’," 18 July 2019 Hong Kong’s highest court ruled today (June 6) that the government must give spousal benefits to a gay civil servant and his spouse, following multiple legal challenges by the government. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "A gay Hong Kong civil servant finally won the right to benefits for his spouse," 6 June 2019 Dumpty’s first pick for Acosta’s position Could hardly have been more obtuse: Andy Puzder, renowned for his cheeseburger porno And rumors of spousal abuse. John Lithgow, The New Yorker, "Acosta Agonistes," 11 July 2019 Whelan deferred until trial a ruling on whether Margaret Hunter will be allowed to testify, as Duncan Hunter’s lawyers have raised the issue of spousal privilege. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge rules against Rep. Duncan Hunter on motion to remove prosecutors in criminal case over alleged bias," 8 July 2019 Divorce proceedings included disputes over finances, as Isaacs was initially seeking $130,000 a month in spousal support. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Mary J. Blige Reveals How She's 'Learned To Be Happy' After Her Divorce," 26 June 2019

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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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The first known use of spousal was in the 14th century

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