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Line breaks: do|mes¦tic
Pronunciation: /dəˈmɛstɪk

Definition of domestic in English:


1Relating to the running of a home or to family relations: domestic chores domestic violence
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  • To address this, more work needs to be done in assessing the training needs of health professionals in relation to domestic violence.
  • This re-organization is having a profound effect on social relations and domestic arrangements in the main family entertainment room.
  • An expert believes family doctors can play an important role in helping resolve various family problems, including domestic violence.
family, home, private;
household, domiciliary
1.1Of or for use in the home rather than in an industrial or office environment: domestic water supplies
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  • It has also developed materials for the steel industry, office machinery, domestic appliances, industrial safety, sports surfaces and car components.
  • For a while the government banned all use of the waters for industrial and domestic purposes.
  • She owes an awful lot to domestic appliances - or rather, the lack of them.
native, indigenous, home-grown, home-bred, aboriginal
technical autochthonous
1.2(Of an animal) tame and kept by humans: domestic dogs
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  • Now, the centre is home to a whole range of animals, including domestic pets like cats and dogs.
  • Common around outlying human settlements, the bobcat will sometimes take small farm animals including domestic cats if easily accessible.
  • We cannot just go in there without any notice at all and spray children, domestic pets, and animals such as horses.
domesticated, tame, pet, household, trained, not wild;
British house-trained;
North American housebroken
1.3(Of a person) fond of family life and running a home: she was not at all domestic
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  • If a man wipes his feet on the door mat before coming into the room, you may be sure he will make a good domestic husband.
  • My mother was a domestic goddess in every household art except culinary.
  • I can't wait to have a family and I'm very domestic.
2Existing or occurring inside a particular country; not foreign or international: Egypt’s domestic affairs
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  • The bright-line separation between foreign and domestic affairs has proven to be problematic.
  • This is just as true in all areas of domestic affairs as in foreign policies.
  • Not recommended for the beginner investor, these are bonds issued in foreign markets by domestic companies.
national, state, home, local, internal, interior, not foreign, not international


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1 (also domestic worker or domestic help) A person who is paid to help with cleaning and other menial tasks in a person’s home.
Example sentences
  • Nor were we happy with how some of the churches educated, when they seemed to train the young primarily for menial pursuits such as domestics.
  • One revealing factor is that the care of elderly people typically appeared as one of many household tasks carried out by domestic workers.
  • The vast majority of paid and unpaid domestic workers are women.
British dated charwoman, charlady, char
British informal daily, daily woman, skivvy, Mrs Mop
archaic scullion
2British informal A violent quarrel between family members, especially a couple: they are often called to sort out a domestic
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  • You get the odd one in other parts of the country, and they often turn out to be domestics.
  • I really wish my neighbors would stop having their domestics in the backyard.
  • Because of the unpredictably the two most dangerous incidents police could attend were domestics and stopping vehicles, he said.
3North American A product not made abroad.


late Middle English: from French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus 'house'.



Example sentences
  • He might find it hard to concoct a policy to satisfy that particular audience, but this process has proved successful domestically.
  • About 900,000 tonnes is produced domestically, with the rest imported, he said.
  • To my grandma and my aunt, I am the girl who is domestically hopeless.

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