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see husband and wifehusband and wife,
the legal aspects of the married state (for the sociological aspects, see marriage). The Marriage Contract

Marriage is a contractual relationship between a man and a woman that vests the parties with a new legal status.
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a man's partner in marriage; a married woman
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It must be mentioned that "the abuses arising from the Church's sweeping institutional authority in matters of sexual and marital behaviour" (Blamires 2010: 6) had challenged the Christian ideological foundations on which the model of wifely submission was based.
Bossier's most radical contribution is a reevaluation of the role of Neo-Confucianism in the promotion of wifely and widowly fidelity.
In stark contrast to the early medieval renditions, in which the heroine returns to her roles as wife and mother after taking vengeance, Li Zhao's construction of the woman avenger's devotion to her deceased father and her repudiation of her wifely and maternal roles after accomplishing the revenge establishes an opposition, revealing a perception of the dangers posed by such an empowered heroine.
If they are abused, Conservative Protestant wives who maintain a hard-line reception to husband headship and wifely submission may feel obliged by biblical authority to tolerate or return to an abusive spouse (Alsdurf & Alsdurf, 1989; Nason-Clark, 1997; Pagelow & Johnson, 1988; Stotland, 2000).
Proverbs 31, today proclaimed at weddings as a poetic tribute to wifely virtue, would have sounded to its original audience like a job description.
Washington, August 8 ( ANI ): Rachel Weisz has revealed that although she is happy being married to Daniel Craig, the wifely role hasn't' transformed her into a "domestic goddess".
Authorities are unanimous in finding Captain's Wife superior, although such was her wifely loyalty that Abby Morrell withheld publication of her book until after her husband's had hit the bookshops.
She was told to return to her husband, perform her wifely duties and maintain the abusive marriage.
All present Suitably fortified by wifely insistence, I somehow managed to arrange a service a thoroughly spiritual occasion, with "tingle that stuck rigidly to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, over the twitching corpse of the rector whose church we were borrowing.
Cora begins The Chaperone with quaint, even smug thoughts about racial integration, wifely submissiveness and maidenly virtue.
I am going to Lincoln out of wifely duty, because it is the day before my husband's birthday and he has chosen this jaunt as his birthday treat.
Best Wifely Duty: Wendi Deng subtly telling off her husband for banging the table.