spousal equivalent


Also found in: Thesaurus.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spousal equivalent - 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
References in periodicals archive ?
Esposito and her spousal equivalent Mickey Kenneway and her grandchildren Alycia Noeth and Christopher, Matthew, Nicholas and Alexander Esposito.
Fifty-five percent of respondents reported that their most recent sexual partner was an exclusive dating partner, while 25% said their last partner was a fiance(e), spouse or spousal equivalent.
Of course, a successful golfing vacation requires keeping the spousal equivalent happy while one is enjoying the links.
Domestic engineer - Housewife # Refuse disposal technician - Dustman # Letter carrier - Postman # Paper delivery person - Paperboy # An alcoholic drinks dispenser - Barmaid # Spousal equivalent - Longterm boyfriend or girlfriend # Vo ume r i ca y challenged - An overweight person # Mobile receptacle technician - Trolley collector
Laws have not yet caught up with the growing number of people living together without marriage, according to the authors of The Spousal Equivalent Handbook.
In addition, the union wanted stronger seniority rights; changes in bereavement leave to include spousal equivalent, significant other or best friend; and an agreement that teachers who volunteer for a sixth class would receive an additional fifth of their salary and that volunteers be limited to teachers with professional status.
Spousal equivalent might be something you buy at Wal-Mart that comes with batteries.
It pressed the medical community to adapt and become more inclusive to a whole slew of issues: partners or lovers who were spousal equivalents but weren't recognized as such, decision-making on end-of-life issues, power of attorney," he explains.
The new ethics code also applies to spouses, spousal equivalents and dependents of board members and staff.