Definition of spousal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspaʊz(ə)l/


[attributive] Law , chiefly North American
Relating to marriage or to a husband or wife: the spousal benefits of married couples
More example sentences
  • For post-1976 spousal joint tenancies treated as separate property, since only the decedent's 50 percent portion is includible in his gross estate, only a 50 percent step-up would be available.
  • For example, spousal violence was only criminalized twenty years ago and lobby groups are pushing for similar moves to prevent a defence to smacking children.
  • Normally, this would require the surviving spouse to file a spousal property petition.

plural noun

(also spousals) archaic
A celebration of marriage or engagement.

Words that rhyme with spousal

arousal, carousal, espousal, tousle
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