patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics: She was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm.
- ne·pot·ic [nuh-pot-ik], /nəˈpɒt ɪk/, nep·o·tis·tic, nep·o·tis·ti·cal, adjective
- nep·o·tist, noun
- an·ti·nep·o·tism, noun
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How to use nepotism in a sentence
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A terribly weak economy, massive youth bulge and autocratic-nepotistic rule set him up as a prime candidate for revolution.
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British Dictionary definitions for nepotism
favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence
- nepotic (nɪˈpɒtɪk) or nepotistic, adjective
- nepotist, noun
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Cultural definitions for nepotism
Favoritism granted to relatives or close friends, without regard to their merit. Nepotism usually takes the form of employing relatives or appointing them to high office.
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