avunculate

[uh-vuhng-kyuh-lit, -leyt]

Origin of avunculate

1915–20; < Latin avuncul(us) uncle (see avuncular) + -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for avunculate

avunculate

noun
  1. the custom in some societies of assigning rights and duties to a maternal uncle concerning his sister's son
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or governed by this custom
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