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

Examples of spousal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clarkson cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and requested that she not be required to pay Blackstock spousal support. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Kelly Clarkson thanks estranged husband Brandon Blackstock after winning her Daytime Emmy," 28 June 2020 Clarkson cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and requested that she not be required to pay Blackstock spousal support. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Kelly Clarkson thanks estranged husband Brandon Blackstock after winning her Daytime Emmy," 28 June 2020 Clarkson cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and requested that she not be required to pay Blackstock spousal support. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Kelly Clarkson thanks estranged husband Brandon Blackstock after winning her Daytime Emmy," 28 June 2020 Also lowered the age at which a husband or wife can get spousal or widows benefits to 62. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Back to basics? Checking out the Social Security ‘goody bag’," 28 June 2020 Clarkson cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and requested that she not be required to pay Blackstock spousal support. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Kelly Clarkson thanks estranged husband Brandon Blackstock after winning her Daytime Emmy," 28 June 2020 Clarkson cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and requested that she not be required to pay Blackstock spousal support. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Kelly Clarkson files for divorce from Brandon Blackstock after nearly seven years of marriage," 11 June 2020 Oakley established the Thai Princess Organization Against Domestic Violence, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and providing support for victims of spousal and child abuse and stopping human trafficking. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio philanthropist’s charitable giving under scrutiny," 14 Jan. 2020 In June, the city’s highest court ruled that the government must give spousal benefits to a gay civil servant and his spouse. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "A Hong Kong court ruled that banning same-sex couples from public housing is unlawful," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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“Spousal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spousal. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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