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Relation by blood or consanguinity; relatives by birth.

The term kin is ordinarily applied to relationships through ties of blood; however, it is sometimes used generally to include family relationships by affinity.

Kindred is a synonym for kin.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. blood relative.

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Loop is like Kin's home screen, aggregating social content from your friends (Twitter, Facebook, and so on) roughly based on order of priority by how you sort your contents.
Kin groups acted as corporate bodies that had rights in and responsibilities to family members, whom they could transfer to another family house or person in return for goods or money.
The next of kin rated their external life conditions, interpersonal relationships, and internal psychological states.
One participant made the following statement regarding her reason for developing a fictive kin relationship: "School integration and the divorce of my parents [were] traumatic for me.
Kin are able to exercise greater control over who enters their care than are licensed foster parents who are typically expected to accept the children referred to them.
Crack users placed a heavy burden on families of orientation, extended kin, and community members who sought to support these persons.
He assumed that he shared his circumstances with his good friends in the neighborhood, regardless of who they were, because he and they were idiomatic kin (like sisters and brothers).
Non-cow-keeping households contribute labor to cow-keeping kin households, with most of this labor contribution coming during the summer hay season (see discussion below).
In this way, wealth and vast social relations become very closely linked, a linkage expressed linguistically in the Quechua language where poverty means "lack of family." Spiritual kin have rights and obligations in relation to each other.
To see whether the squirrels made such distinctions with their own kin, Mateo presented them with pairs of cubes rubbed against relatives they had never met.
Supervisors at the fallen officer's division quickly assemble and assess data on the next of kin to develop the most expeditious, yet compassionate approach possible, subsequently dispatching personnel to notify these individuals.