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[mar-i-tl] /ˈmær ɪ tl/
of or relating to marriage; conjugal; matrimonial:
marital vows; marital discord.
Archaic. of or relating to a husband.
Origin of marital
1595-1605; < Latin marītālis of married people, derivative of marītus of marriage. See marry1, -al1
Related forms
maritally, adverb
nonmarital, adjective
nonmaritally, adverb
postmarital, adjective
Can be confused
marshal, marital, martial. Unabridged
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  • And it is at the evidence of marital unhappiness that all the criticism is directed.

  • marital confidences might well upset the best-laid plans I could devise.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • Perhaps it might have been better had Mr. Davies postponed his first marital lecture.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • There are times at which marital relations are eminently improper.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • Her will seems to be roused there by the side of the marital will which is dormant.

    Rene Mauperin

    Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
British Dictionary definitions for marital


of or relating to marriage: marital status
of or relating to a husband
Derived Forms
maritally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin marītālis, from marītus married (adj), husband (n); related to mās male
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Word Origin and History for marital

c.1600, from French maritale and directly from Latin maritalis "of or belonging to married people," from maritus "married man, husband" (see marry).

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