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conjugal

[kon-juh-guh l] /ˈkɒn dʒə gəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of marriage:
conjugal vows.
2.
pertaining to the relation between marriage partners.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin conjugālis, equivalent to con- con- + jug(um) yoke + -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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  • The prison has set aside a private space for conjugal visits.
  • Next thing you know, these killjoys will be trying to take away conjugal visits.
  • conjugal bliss has oft been shattered in a single set of mixed doubles or a single round of golf.
  • The world is not awash in conjugal shows, but they are no longer looked at askance.
  • There was a gymnasium, a prayer room, a room for conjugal visits.
  • One such father, an ex-deputy mayor, describes the system as a conjugal version of the prisoner's dilemma.
  • Rewards for those who behave include telephone privileges, points toward sentence reduction and overnight conjugal visits.
  • They turn a soulmate into a dupe, a friend into a jailer, conjugal pleasure into conjugal duty.
  • For instance, prisoners are allowed conjugal visits-provided that one of the parties has been sterilized.
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.

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