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nuclear family

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  1. a social unit composed of two parents and one or more children.

Origin of nuclear family

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for nuclear family

nuclear family

  1. sociol anthropol a primary social unit consisting of parents and their offspringCompare extended family
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nuclear family in Medicine

nuclear family

  1. A family unit consisting of a mother and father and their progeny.
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nuclear family in Culture

nuclear family

A type of family made up only of parents and their children. (Compare extended family.)

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