Definition of intact family in English:

intact family

Syllabification: in·tact fam·i·ly


  • A nuclear family in which membership has remained constant, in the absence of divorce or other divisive factors.
    More example sentences
    • As it turned out I ended up spending more quality time with my children than I think I would have had we remained an intact family.
    • Only a handful of prospective studies have compared behavioral outcomes for children experiencing a divorce to those from intact families while controlling for pre-divorce levels of the behaviors.
    • Second, stepfather families are more likely to divorce than intact families.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody