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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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  • Where there are fewest assaults occasioned by conjugal injuries and domestic troubles, the state of morals is the purest.

    How to Observe Harriet Martineau
  • The voice of parental and conjugal tenderness was silent in the grave!

  • Well, a pesky cowboy did what I had not been able to do, and the two came to have me tie the conjugal knot.

  • With what ecstasy will he contemplate the angelic felicity of conjugal life!

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • Shall we say, then, that Purity forbids such indulgence except under the conditions of conjugal union defined by Law?

    The Methods of Ethics Henry Sidgwick
British Dictionary definitions for conjugal


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

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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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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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