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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.


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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