nuclear family love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A family unit consisting of a mother and father and their children.

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  • n. a family unit consisting of at most a father, mother and dependent children

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner.

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  • n. a family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner

Etymologies

From nuclear, basic, cardinal, central.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • --- the sort of morning that is generally reserved only for breakfast cereal commercials, where members of a nauseatingly bouncy nuclear family leap around like happy gazelles while something resembling wood shavings and latex paint falls in slow motion into a bowl.

    The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde.

    September 9, 2008

  • "There is an inherent contradiction in Cuba between the socialist ideals of the revolution and the bourgeois paradigm of the nuclear family which is what most Cubans take as the basic unit of the modern state. In the nuclear family the child is confronted by only two adults contrasted by sex. The tendency towards polarisation in unavoidable."
    - 'Women and power in Cuba', Germaine Greer in The Madwoman's Underclothes.

    September 1, 2008