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nuclear family Syllabification: nu·cle·ar fam·i·ly

Definition of nuclear family in English:

noun

A couple and their dependent children, regarded as a basic social unit.
Example sentences
  • The nuclear family is the basic unit of social organization among the Motu.
  • As peasants came to the cities in search of work, the nuclear family replaced the extended family.
  • The domestic unit may be either a nuclear family or an extended family.

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