Definition of conjugal in English:



  • Relating to marriage or the relationship of a married couple.

    ‘conjugal loyalty’
    • ‘The conjugal vision of marriage itself is being stamped as discriminatory and bigoted.’
    • ‘He should then explain to the boy and girl individually their respective conjugal duties as husband and wife.’
    • ‘Those who have not enjoyed conjugal relations in a while should start to feel especially nervous.’
    • ‘If you are going to live with this girl in a conjugal relationship (look it up in the dictionary, James) then it's high time you took a good hard look at yourself and your miserable nature.’
    • ‘Valentine's Day used to be known as a kitsch, childish and generally innocent celebration where teenagers sent themselves cards and married couples enjoyed biannual conjugal relations.’
    • ‘Both parties were getting involved in a second conjugal relationship.’
    • ‘The story confirms a preference for the unconsummated love of a distant, but admired object, over the conjugal relationship.’
    • ‘In these smaller conjugal families, the roles of husbands and wives feature greater equality and more sharing of responsibilities.’
    • ‘The conjugal relation portrayed between husband and wife differs in both its commensal and sexual aspects from a quotidian union.’
    • ‘A broader preoccupation with conjugal relationships in Victorian politics, literature, and art was probably also a factor.’
    • ‘Unlike blood relationships, the conjugal relationship is chosen by the parties.’
    • ‘Husbands had the right to dispose of conjugal property, including property the wife brought to the union, as they saw fit.’
    • ‘The reader must then take up the baton, receive the message of this missive which has been addressed to her and thus respond to the invitation to have conjugal relations with the text.’
    • ‘Actually, we expect that Canadian homosexual couples will behave like Canadian heterosexual couples and see marriage as one of many conjugal options, each with its benefits and drawbacks.’
    • ‘A person with whom you've lived for a period of 12 months or more in a conjugal relationship is generally considered to be a common-law spouse.’
    • ‘Women have a degree of material and psychological security but suffer complete instability in conjugal relationships.’
    • ‘The writer himself says of the conjugal relationship, ‘This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the Church.’’
    • ‘The father is formally the head of the household, but more equal conjugal relations are common among younger couples.’
    • ‘This may explain their higher rates of separation and divorce and their lower levels of satisfaction with conjugal relations and sexuality.’
    • ‘I'm sure his wife was overwhelmingly grateful to be relieved of conjugal duties after thirty-five years of marriage.’
    marital, matrimonial, nuptial, marriage, married, wedded, connubial, bridal
    hymeneal, epithalamic
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Early 16th century: from Latin conjugalis, from conjux, conjug- spouse from con- together + jugum a yoke.