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n. pl. mat·ri·mo·nies
The act or state of being married; marriage.

[Middle English, from Old French matrimoine, from Latin mātrimōnium, from māter, mātr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]

mat′ri·mo′ni·al adj.
mat′ri·mo′ni·al·ly adv.
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In her desire to be matrimonially established, you might suppose her to have passed her short existence in the perpetual contemplation of domestic bliss.
Her lord being cherubic, she was necessarily majestic, according to the principle which matrimonially unites contrasts.
Miss Squeers had brought it about, by aspiring to the high state and condition of being matrimonially engaged, without good grounds for so doing; Miss Price had brought it about, by indulging in three motives of action: first, a desire to punish her friend for laying claim to a rivalship in dignity, having no good title: secondly, the gratification of her own vanity, in receiving the compliments of a smart young man: and thirdly, a wish to convince the corn-factor of the great danger he ran, in deferring the celebration of their expected nuptials; while Nicholas had brought it about, by half an hour's gaiety and thoughtlessness, and a very sincere desire to avoid the imputation of inclining at all to Miss Squeers.
It's a verifiable--albeit obscure--fact that these three people were matrimonially related, a consequence of choices made by two of Trumpler's daughters: Cecile, the eldest, married Weaver; Elizabeth Julie, the youngest, married R.
(2) Both chastity and virginity, as well as practiced sex only matrimonially, constitute consensuses in the representational content, mainly in the social representations apprehended with Catholic men of the study group, since they think they are the most effective means to prevent HIV, even if there is the availability of the condom.