a social unit composed of two parents and one or more children.
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Compare extended family.
Origin of nuclear family
First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for nuclear family
sociol anthropol a primary social unit consisting of parents and their offspringCompare extended family
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Medicine definitions for nuclear family
A family unit consisting of a mother and father and their progeny.
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Culture definitions for nuclear family
A type of family made up only of parents and their children. (Compare extended family.)
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