nuclear family


noun

a social unit composed of two parents and one or more children.

Nearby words

  1. nuclear chemistry,
  2. nuclear cross section,
  3. nuclear emulsion,
  4. nuclear energy,
  5. nuclear envelope,
  6. nuclear fission,
  7. nuclear fuel,
  8. nuclear fusion,
  9. nuclear hyaloplasm,
  10. nuclear inclusion body


Origin of nuclear family

First recorded in 1945–50

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British Dictionary definitions for nuclear family

nuclear family

noun

sociol anthropol a primary social unit consisting of parents and their offspringCompare extended family
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Medicine definitions for nuclear family

nuclear family

n.

A family unit consisting of a mother and father and their progeny.

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Culture definitions for nuclear family

nuclear family

A type of family made up only of parents and their children. (Compare extended family.)

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