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kinship

[kin-ship]
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noun
  1. the state or fact of being of kin; family relationship.
  2. relationship by nature, qualities, etc.; affinity.
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Origin of kinship

First recorded in 1825–35; kin + -ship

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1. See relationship. 1, 2. connection. 2. bearing.
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Related Words

affinitylineageclanfamilyfleshkindredbloodtribefolkkinrelations

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British Dictionary definitions for kinship

kinship

noun
  1. blood relationship
  2. the state of having common characteristics or a common origin
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Word Origin and History for kinship

n.

by 1764, from kin + -ship. A more pure word than relationship, which covers the same sense but is a hybrid.

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kinship in Medicine

kinship

(kĭnshĭp′)
n.
  1. Connection by blood, marriage, or adoption; family relationship.
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kinship in Culture

kinship

A relation between two or more persons that is based on common ancestry (descent) or marriage (affinity).

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