from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In civil law, the affinity which the law regards as established between two persons one of whom has been betrothed, but not yet married, to one of the kindred of the other.
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Moreover, there was a quasi-affinity, which, for the safeguarding of public morals, rendered matrimony null and void: (1) between a man and his stepdaughter or between a woman and her stepson; (2) between a woman and the son or father of her betrothed, and conversely between a man and the daughter or mother of his affianced (D.
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