from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Relationship by blood or by a common ancestor.
- n. A close affinity or connection.
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- n. A consanguineous or family relationship through parentage or descent. A blood relationship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The relation of persons by blood, in distinction from affinity or relation by marriage; blood relationship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Relationship by blood; the relationship or connection of persons descended from the same stock or common ancestor, in distinction from affinity, or relationship by marriage.
- n. In petrography, the genetic relationship existing between those igneous rocks of one locality which have been derived from a common parent magma by processes of differentiation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (anthropology) related by blood
The term consanguinity here means, within certain limitations defined by the law of nature, the positive law of God, or the supreme authority of State or Church, the blood-relationship (cognatio naturalis), or the natural bond between persons descended from the same stock.
To blood ties, to civil relationship, a new consanguinity is added,
When an airline owns a hotel and the hotel offers frequent-flier miles, those should properly be called consanguinity miles.
The uncertain degree of alliance, or consanguinity, is expressed by the words, cognatus, consobrinus, (see Valesius ad Ammian. xxiii.
When they are related by blood their relationship is called consanguinity; when they are related by marriage it is called affinity; when they are related by being god-parents in Baptism or Confirmation, it is called spiritual affinity; when they are related by adoption, it is called legal affinity.
This usage proceeded, in part, from the notion of consanguinity between every member of a clan, even of the lowest degree, to his chieftain, and the affability and courtesy with which the head was in the habit of treating those over whom he ruled.
Blackstone, on consanguinity, which is as follows: --
Incest, or the intermarriage of persons within a certain degree of consanguinity, which is, perhaps (at least after the first degree), rather an offence against the institutions of human prudence than a natural crime, is forbidden by their customs and punishable by fine: yet the guilt is often expiated by a ceremony, and the marriages in many instances confirmed.
_non_-consanguineous parents, how could one say that even in the other five per cent, the consanguinity was the cause?
There was, it appeared, some kind of consanguinity between the tinker or his wife and the Anselo family.