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English noun: affinity

1. affinity (phenomenon) (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody


Broader (hypernym)attraction, attractive force


Domain categoryimmunology

2. affinity (anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship


Broader (hypernym)family relationship, kinship, relationship


Narrower (hyponym)steprelationship


Domain categoryanthropology


Antonymsblood kinship, consanguinity, cognation

3. affinity (biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts


SamplesIn anatomical structure prehistoric man shows close affinity with modern humans.


Synonymsphylogenetic relation


Broader (hypernym)family relationship, kinship, relationship


Domain categorybiological science, biology

4. affinity a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character


SamplesFound a natural affinity with the immigrants.
Felt a deep kinship with the other students.
Anthropology's kinship with the humanities.


Synonymskinship


Broader (hypernym)relation


Narrower (hyponym)rapport, resonance, sympathy

5. affinity (phenomenon) the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule


SamplesBasic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk.


Synonymschemical attraction


Broader (hypernym)force

6. affinity (attribute) inherent resemblance between persons or things


Broader (hypernym)resemblance

7. affinity (attribute) a natural attraction or feeling of kinship


SamplesAn affinity for politics.
The mysterious affinity between them.
James's affinity with Sam.


Broader (hypernym)attraction, attractiveness









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