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[kon-juh-guh l] /ˈkɒn dʒə gəl/
of, relating to, or characteristic of marriage:
conjugal vows.
pertaining to the relation between marriage partners.
Origin of conjugal
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
1. matrimonial, nuptial, connubial. 2. marital. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for conjugality
Historical Examples
  • "The law of conjugality is the basis of every force in nature," says a scientist.

  • His conjugality is large and he will center all his affections on one beloved object.

    How to Become Rich

    William Windsor
  • conjugality or Marital Inclination when highly developed causes one to be largely influenced by one's companion in marriage.

    The Psychology of Salesmanship

    William Walker Atkinson
  • This was the case with the conjugality of the Nuttalls, as was proven by the demeanour of the male portion of the bond.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • This instinct is located in the occipital region of the brain, and is called, in Phrenological language, conjugality.

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    William Windsor
  • conjugality large, and therefore we may say that he will be fond of his wife and of his home.

British Dictionary definitions for conjugality


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 conjugality



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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conjugality 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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