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significant other

n.
A spouse or long-term sexual or romantic partner.

significant other

n
informal US a spouse or lover

signif′icant oth′er


n.
1. a person who has great influence on one's behavior and self-esteem.
2. a spouse or cohabiting lover.
[1955–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.significant other - a person (not necessarily a spouse) with whom you cohabit and share a long-term sexual relationship
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
lover - a significant other to whom you are not related by marriage
better half, married person, partner, spouse, mate - a person's partner in marriage
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Then, their significant others were asked to complete online surveys that asked them to rate their partner's pain, quality of life, and possible changes in their relationship.
Despite evidence of significant relationships between social orientations and moral beliefs, Urdan and Maehr (1995) suggested that individuals who are highly oriented to define success in terms of social relationships may act differently depending on their perceptions of significant others' beliefs.
For a second year in a row, the company examined how Indian consumers are sharing and storing intimate data on their mobile devices, especially with current or former significant others. The study highlights how sharing personal content such as suggestive texts, naked photos, suggestive video and passcodes on these devices can potentially lead to cyber-stalking and the exposure ofprivate content leaking online.
While 96% of adults surveyed trust their significant other with intimate content or otherwise private information they have sent, only 32% have asked their partner to delete the information when ending the relationship.
The study was specifically aimed at identifying/exploring the role the significant other plays in the decision-making process.
Even though family psychoeducation has a strong evidence base for reducing relapses and hospitalizations in SMI (Pitschel-Walz, Leucht, Baumi, Kissling, & Engel, 2001), there is a lack of research on the involvement of family members and significant others in promoting health behavior change in these individuals.
The determination of whether you have the knowledge, judgment and competence to safely perform the activity to be taught is an important step in deciding if you will be the one teaching the specific activity to a significant other.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify the needs of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their significant others. A quantitative questionnaire, developed from focus groups and consisting of 75 needs statements, was administered to 353 MS patients and 240 significant others.
The significant other had to be a first-degree relative and had to be in contact with the substance abuser at least 40% of the time.
In the chapter on positively reinforcing a loved one's sober behavior, for example, the authors state that therapists first must convince the significant other that it is appropriate to reward behavior that the loved one should be engaging in anyway.
SO MUCH FOR THE CONCEPT OF HAVING MULTIPLE "SIGNIFICANT OTHERS" ...
SIGNIFICANT OTHERS: Not many, if the polls are anything to go by.

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