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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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Examples from the web for marital
  • Take the authorization letter, proof of age and proof of marital status with you to apply for a non-resident marriage license.
  • To be sure, there is no single formula for marital compatibility.
  • Rather than being a sign of marital discord, the parting looks much more likely to have sprung from political unity.
  • The first two couples are icons of marital bliss for their era.
  • Asking about a candidate's marital status is not allowed in any state.
  • Regardless of cultural differences, financial success or marital status, a period of depression settles over our forties.
  • Questions include age range, marital status, personal income and relationship status.
  • Study confirms health benefits in marital relationship.
  • The picture was a box office sensation last winter, setting off a wave of marital mistrust.
  • But a handful of new studies suggest surprising changes in the marital landscape.
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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