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[uh-fil-ee-ey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of affiliating; state of being affiliated or associated.
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Origin of affiliation

1745–55; < Medieval Latin affīliātiōn- (stem of affīliātiō adoption); see affiliate, -ion
Related formsin·ter·af·fil·i·a·tion, nounnon·af·fil·i·a·tion, nounpre·af·fil·i·a·tion, nounre·af·fil·i·a·tion, nounsu·per·af·fil·i·a·tion, noun
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Related Words for affiliation

connection, partnership, relationship, alliance, crowd, tie-in, gang, ring, bunch, amalgamation, union, crew, cahoots, combination, outfit, incorporation, syndicate, mob, conjunction, clan

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Word Origin and History for affiliation


1751, "adoption," from French affiliation, from Medieval Latin affiliationem (nominative affiliatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin affiliare "to adopt a son," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + filius "son" (see filial). Figurative sense of "adoption by a society, of branches" first recorded 1799 (affiliate in this sense is from 1761).

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