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conjugal

[kon-juh-guh l] /ˈkɒn dʒə gəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of marriage:
conjugal vows.
2.
pertaining to the relation between marriage partners.
Origin of conjugal
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin conjugālis, equivalent to con- con- + jug(um) yoke1 + -ālis -al1
Related forms
conjugality, noun
conjugally, adverb
nonconjugal, adjective
nonconjugally, adverb
nonconjugality, noun
unconjugal, adjective
Synonyms
1. matrimonial, nuptial, connubial. 2. marital.
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Examples from the Web for conjugal
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  • The voice of parental and conjugal tenderness was silent in the grave!

  • A conjugal dispute had occurred that morning when Mrs. Jenkins got up.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • We have even seen that the conjugal fidelity of these often exceeds our own.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • With what ecstasy will he contemplate the angelic felicity of conjugal life!

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • Further, I charge you, let there be no outside interference with the conjugal relation.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for conjugal

conjugal

/ˈkɒndʒʊɡəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to marriage or the relationship between husband and wife: conjugal rights
Derived Forms
conjugality (ˌkɒndʒʊˈɡælɪtɪ) noun
conjugally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conjugālis, from conjunx wife or husband, from conjungere to unite; see conjoin
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Word Origin and History for conjugal
adj.

1540s, from Middle French conjugal (13c.), from Latin coniugalis "relating to marriage," from coniunx (genitive coniugis) "spouse," related to coniugare "to join together," from com- "together" (see com-) + iugare "to join," from iugum "yoke" (see jugular).

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conjugal in Culture
conjugal [(kon-juh-guhl)]

A descriptive term for the relationship between married persons. A conjugal family is the same as a nuclear family, composed of married parents and their children. Conjugal relatives (in-laws) trace their relations through the marriage of their respective blood relatives.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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