noun, plural af·fin·i·ties.
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There were many points of resemblance between Altamont and Hatteras, but no affinities.The Field of Ice
Affinities at least have the grace to presuppose a special sex-attraction.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
He might, no doubt; but it is not safe to count on these affinities.
Our classifications are often plainly influenced by chains of affinities.On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
But even here the affinities of Germany are rather with Japan than with Judæa.Chosen Peoples
noun plural -ties
- the tendency for two substances to combine; chemical attraction
- a measure of the tendency of a chemical reaction to take place expressed in terms of the free energy changeSymbol: A
Word Origin for affinity
c.1300, "relation by marriage" (as opposed to consanguinity), from Old French afinité (12c.), from Latin affinitatem (nominative affinitas) "neighborhood, relationship by marriage," noun of state from affinis "adjacent," also "kin by marriage," literally "bordering on," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + finis "a border, an end" (see finish). Used figuratively since c.1600 of structural relationships in chemistry, philology, etc. Meaning "natural attraction" (as though by family) is from 1610s.