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significant other

Sociology. a person, as a parent or peer, who has great influence on one's behavior and self-esteem.
a spouse or cohabiting lover. Unabridged
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significant other

(US, informal) a spouse or lover
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significant other definition

A person whose close relationship with an individual affects that individual's behavior and attitudes. A significant other is usually a family member, spouse, child, employer, coworker, friend, or lover, who serves as a role model or whose acceptance and approval is sought.

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