spouse equivalent


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Noun1.spouse 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
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Under the final rule, family members include all lineal descendants of a common ancestor (who may be living or deceased), as well as current and former spouses or spouse equivalents of those descendants, provided that the common ancestor is not more than 10 generations removed from the youngest generation of family members.
Further perks under discussion include free air tickets for the companions "or spouse equivalents" of unmarried MPs; free or subsidised air flights for MP's children and families.
Having remarked on Goldsmith's baroque private life--spouses or spouse equivalents in every port--they lauded him, with a deferential smirk, as a "devoted family man' and printed without reservation Goldsmith's repellent claims to be a restorative force in the capitalist economy.