spou·​sal | \ ˈspau̇-zəl , -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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spousally adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both men and women at the training were motivated to attend by empty nests, divorce, or spousal death that nearly destroyed their holiday spirit. Ann Votaw, Marie Claire, "I Went to the Harvard of Santa Schools to Become Mrs. Claus," 20 Dec. 2018 When it was reported last month that a spousal work ban is coming in three months, I was suddenly faced with an uncertain future. Diya Khanna, The Seattle Times, "When you want to work, but can’t," 23 Oct. 2018 Hank builds a tunnel for quantum realm spousal extraction, and Scott/Ant-Man’s the man for the plan. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: With Paul Rudd, here’s one infestation we can get behind," 5 July 2018 Originally entering the legal system in 2014, a British woman brought the case to Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal after being refused a spousal visa months into her civil partnership. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Hong Kong Grants Same-Sex Couples Equal Visa Rights," 5 July 2018 Confidential victim of spousal/cohabitant abuse with minor injury, 400 block D Street. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff's Reports: June 18-24," 27 June 2018 Hank builds a tunnel for quantum realm spousal extraction, and Scott/Ant-Man’s the man for the plan. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' review: Here's one infestation we can get behind," 27 June 2018 In the case study previously described, Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s case fits the criteria for Medicaid’s spousal impoverishment rules. Wesley E. Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Elder Law: Do you have to ‘spend down’ for Medicaid requirements?," 15 June 2018 Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide, said Corey Lewandowski and Hope Hicks, both of whom worked on the campaign, pushed for Cohen's firing after the spousal rape comments. Aileen Graef, CNN, "Audiotapes of Michael Cohen threatening journalist released," 31 May 2018

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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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