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significant other

A person with whom one is in a serious romantic relationship. Primarily heard in US. Since Kelly didn't have a significant other, she attended her friend's wedding alone.
See also: other, significant

your significant other

A person's significant other is their wife, husband, or the person they are having a relationship with. Poor Holly, she hadn't any significant other to bring with her. Well, we always work together, we live together — he's my significant other.
See also: other, significant

significant other

a person with whom someone has an established romantic or sexual relationship.
2001 Journal of Sex Research We asked: ‘Are you currently in a relationship? (Do you have a significant other, boyfriend, girlfriend, sexual partner, spouse, etc.?)’ and ‘If you answered “YES”, how long have you been in your current relationship?’
See also: other, significant
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Next, hierarchical regression analyses were examined to determine if the interaction of goal orientations and perceived beliefs of significant others predicted self-beliefs about USP.
Factors within the environment that influenced the decision-making process were: initiating a life-sustaining therapy and health problems of the significant other.
Participants gave examples of how they could benefit from each type of social support if their families and significant others were to participate in a healthy lifestyle intervention.
Is the client or significant other the most appropriate person in this particular situation to perform the activity given the nature of the activity, the client's condition and the resources available in the setting?
This search identified several studies that focused on the needs of people with MS and their significant others. In the first study, Black, Grant, Lapsley, and Rawson (1994) examined the service needs of 1,143 MS patients.
SIGNIFICANT OTHERS: The formidable Glenys, who more than proved a match for the fiery Neil.
The significant others were randomly assigned to one of three interventions: CRAFT, the Johnson Institute Intervention, and Al-Anon Facilitation Therapy.
"All the girls' significant others flew over for the last night, which is cool."
Although resources to help the addicted person are predominant in our efforts in the addiction field, the significant others in that person's life also suffer and need help (Ligon, 2003).
Significant others: Nicola Roberts is currently the only one with a boyfriend - her childhood sweetheart Carl Egerton.
Significant others: Wife Melissa, sons Amir, seven, and Akin, five, and daughter Amal, 14, from a previous relationship.
Significant others: Husband Steve and children, Emily, 16, and Charlie, 7.
Results noted the powerful effect of students' reactions within the classroom, day-to-day experience at school, and significant others (relatives and former teachers) on teacher learning in the workplace.
In a year marked by at least 24 murders of transpeople, it is time for gays to speak out against the violence against the transgendered--and their significant others. Winchell's death was not a gay hate crime; it was a brutal murder intend ed to punish someone who dared to love a transgendered person.
(f) How compatible are the elementary school counselors' expectations of themselves and their perceptions of expectations of significant others?
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