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affinal Line breaks: af|final
Pronunciation: /əˈfʌɪn(ə)l/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of affinal in English:


Concerning or having a family relationship by marriage.
Example sentences
  • Most cases illustrated here concern fine-tuning of the affinal category in such a way that it is possible to establish the necessary distinctions among classificatory in-laws, potential in-laws and actual in-laws.
  • Buffaloes, preferably full-grown bulls, are involved in funerals in two ways: some are contributed by consanguineal relatives and others are lent by affinal kin or even friends.
  • Consanguineal relatives are considered more important than are affinal relatives.


Mid 19th century: from Latin affinis 'related' (see affinity) + -al.

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