Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Relationship by descent from the same pair, including both the male and the female lines. See agnation.
- n. Affinity by kindred origin.
- n. Affinity of any kind; resemblance in nature or character.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Relationship by blood; descent from the same original; kindred.
- n. Participation of the same nature.
- n. (Law) That tie of consanguinity which exists between persons descended from the same mother; -- used in distinction from
- n. (anthropology) related by blood
- n. line of descent traced through the maternal side of the family
“It would be sounded high that he debased human nature, which has a "cognation," so the reverend and learned Doctor Cudworth calls it, with the divine; that the soul of man, immaterial and immortal by its nature, was made to contemplate higher and nobler objects than this sensible world, and even than itself, since it was made to contemplate God and to be united to Him.”
“I will not be myself nor have cognation of what I truly am, unless I am in the woods.”
“Kagulu's range of cognation with the East Ruvu languages runs from 69% to 75%, while it shares a range of 61% – 74% with West Ruvu languages.”
“The usual pattern in instances like this one is for the percentages of cognation between the geographically most distant members of the chain to be those that most closely reflect the true time depth within the chain.”
“This particular percentage pattern, of two distinct cognation ranges, is typical when a proto-language diverges into a chain of daughter communities.”
“Lugulu and Doe's cognation with each other, however, falls significantly lower, at 73.5%.”
“Doe's range with Central-East Ruvu runs 81% – 83.5%, with a particularly high figure of 89.5% cognation with Kwere.”
“First, there is rather clear evidence of a straightforward dialect divergence in the tight range of cognation shared among the Central-East Ruvu subgroup — consisting of three divisions, Kami, the Southeast Ruvu cluster of Kutu and Zalamo, and Kwere — at 84.5% – 88.5%.”
“They share a distinctly high 93% cognation rate with each other, and in turn share a cognation range of 73.5% – 89.5% with the rest of the East Ruvu group.”
“With this rate of cognation it is likely that the proto-West Ruvu language began diverging into Vidunda-Sagala and Gogo as long ago as the early part of the second millennium, probably by around the eleventh or twelfth century CE.”
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