from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Considerable acquaintance with.
- n. Established friendship; intimacy.
- n. An excessively familiar or informal act; an impropriety.
- n. A sexual advance.
- n. The quality or condition of being familiar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being extremely friendly; intimacy.
- n. Undue intimacy; inappropriate informality, impertinence.
- n. An instance of familiar behaviour.
- n. Close or habitual acquaintance with someone or something; understanding or recognition acquired from experience.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being familiar; intimate and frequent converse, or association; unconstrained intercourse; freedom from ceremony and constraint; intimacy.
- n. Anything said or done by one person to another unceremoniously and without constraint; esp., in the pl., such actions and words as propriety and courtesy do not warrant; liberties.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being familiar, in any sense of that word; intimate knowledge; close or habitual acquaintance; free or unrestrained intercourse: followed by with before an object.
- n. An unusual liberty in act or speech from one person toward another; a freedom of conduct justified only by the most intimate relations, or exercised without warrant; an act of personal license, in either a good or a bad sense: most frequently in the plural: as, the familiarities of intimate friendship; his familiarities were repulsive.
- n. In astrol., any kind of aspect or reception.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. close or warm friendship
- n. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
- n. a casual manner
- n. an act of undue intimacy
- n. usualness by virtue of being familiar or well known
She knows how to coach and her name familiarity could help her with recruiting.
While the movie told the vast majority of the story through the eyes of Arthur Dent, schlubby English nobody, as a way of giving the viewing audience a point-of-view they could relate to and gain familiarity with during the fantastical events of the story.
One of the powerful, deep-seated cognitive biases that doomed Carruthers is called the "familiarity heuristic."
Be wary if the therapist indicates that such familiarity is irrelevant to treatment.
And – and this I do know from research – familiarity is one of THE key factors in making a purchase at a store (e.g. “Hey, I recognize that book cover!”).
Where familiarity is based on experience, we might not care much.
Q: Rational if you want to minimize risk; following familiarity is a way to minimize risk.
But where familiarity is built primarily through ads, the costs of which are borne upfront by producers with the expectation of charging a brand premium, the search costs models have a problem.
But what can TM do is the big question: distinguishing the effects of familiarity from the actually useful quality guaranteeing functions may be difficult.
As this example shows, differences in familiarity with test materials can produce marked differences in test results.
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