kinship


noun

  1. the state or fact of being of kin; family relationship.
  2. relationship by nature, qualities, etc.; affinity.

noun

  1. blood relationship
  2. the state of having common characteristics or a common origin
n.

by 1764, from kin + -ship. A more pure word than relationship, which covers the same sense but is a hybrid.

n.

  1. Connection by blood, marriage, or adoption; family relationship.

A relation between two or more persons that is based on common ancestry (descent) or marriage (affinity).

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