Definition of affinal in English:


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


  • Concerning or having a family relationship by marriage.
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    • 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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