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wife:

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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wife

a man's partner in marriage; a married woman
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Readers of feminine hygiene ads, newly enlightened, returned to the world with the knowledge necessary to "remove many of their health anxieties, and give them that sense of well being, personal daintiness and mental poise so essential to wifely security." In the modern age, the personal tragedies accompanying a woman's existence were easily avoided.
They also no longer feel obliged to be like the robotic women in The Stepford Wives film, starring Nicole Kidman, who are programmed to cook, clean and "fulfil their wifely duties".
Diandra claimed her "wifely support" was partly responsible for his financial success.
As long as you perform your wifely duty on a regular basis, he won't mind if you have to wear a bin bag, frankly.
Put her wifely skills to the test when she edited an edition of woman's magazine Prima.
OK, we weren't allowed jobs or education but a bit of housework and sitting on your backside doing embroidery then performing your wifely duty at night doesn't sound like a bad deal.
And especially, as in the case of Alison and Charlie, where Alison is performing most of the duties of a mother - in particular, fulfilling all the care and nurturing of his children, plus quite a lot of wifely duties for Charlie himself.
I blame an incomprehensible blend of male pride and wifely bullying, which together ensure that this country leads the world in the production of crooked shelves and uneven flooring.
If he does happen to squeeze into a pair of Pampers and accuse me of neglecting my wifely duties, I'll soothe him with a nice rusk.
But Diandra had had enough - and she drove a hard bargain, claiming that her "wifely support" had been partly responsible for the actor's financial success.
In just a few seconds, millions of viewers saw a total of four decades of wifely trust pour down the drain.
Strident, ambitious, forceful, single-minded and fiercely feminist Hillary has been forced to adopt a softer more wifely image to appease her many critics.