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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.

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n. blood relative.

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There are also remains of those kinless folks who died from illness.
As previously stated [58], R4 nodes (nonhub kinless nodes) are crucial for the allosteric signal propagation: their kinless nature poses in the gray zone where residues acting at a global level play, so their role in the protein functionality is central.
This cognatic system maximizes scarce land rights and formerly forbidden kinship lines among the descendants of chattel slaves, who were not only legally landless and kinless but also property themselves.
Grinberg discusses Slutsky's appropriation of those texts from the Pushkin canon that deal specifically with the poet's African roots, as well as Slutsky's affinity with Pushkin's various poetic treatments of his ancestry and progeny, in the process rewriting the Pushkin "national poet" myth as one of marginality and displacement, on the one hand, while at the same time, one of "kinless kin" (396)--a perfect narrative that both complicates and illuminates Slutsky's position within his layered cultures.
Again and again the term "intractable" is applied to Lucas, as when Chick imagines, soon after the prison visit, "the old kinless friendless opinionated arrogant hardheaded intractable independent (insolent too) Negro man alone in the cell" (78).