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[kon-sang-gwin-i-tee] /ˌkɒn sæŋˈgwɪn ɪ ti/
relationship by descent from a common ancestor; kinship (distinguished from affinity).
close relationship or connection.
Origin of consanguinity
1350-1400; Middle English consanguinite (< Anglo-French) < Latin consanguinitās. See consanguineous, -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for consanguinity
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  • Moreover, there is that little knot of consanguinity to be considered.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Not the matter of consanguinity, they're about a sixteenth cousin.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • We find a taboo on the union of persons related by consanguinity or affinity.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Would puzzle a convocation of casuists to resolve their degrees of consanguinity.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity.

  • Affinity is relationship by marriage, consanguinity is relationship by blood.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • They were educated in the same neighbourhood, but had no knowledge of their consanguinity.

    Mediaeval Tales Various
  • They, too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity.

British Dictionary definitions for consanguinity


relationship by blood; kinship
close affinity or connection
(geology) (of igneous rocks) similarity of origin, as shown by common mineral and chemical compositions and often texture
Derived Forms
consanguineous, consanguine, adjective
consanguineously, adverb
Word Origin
C14: see con-, sanguine
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Word Origin and History for consanguinity

c.1400, from Middle French consanguinité, from Latin consanguinitatem (nominative consanguinitas), from consanguineus "consanguineous, of the same blood," from com- "together" (see com-) + sanguineus "of blood" (see sanguine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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consanguinity in Medicine

consanguinity con·san·guin·i·ty (kŏn'sān-gwĭn'ĭ-tē, -sāng-)
Relationship by blood or by a common ancestor.

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