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The affection of husband and wife that should be both unitive and, unless virginal, procreative. It is unitive for the married spouses and procreative from them, as potential parents of the offspring God may wish to give them. (Etym. Latin conjugalis; from conjux, husband, wife; from conjugere, to join, unite in marriage.