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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Pentecostalism and jazz are undeniably siblings, with all the consanguinity and rivalry such a blood link always brings with it.
▪ The belief in, if not the fact of, consanguinity has its uses.
▪ They, too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Consanguinity \Con`san*guin"i*ty\, n. [L. consanguinitas: cf. F. consanguintit['e].] The relation of persons by blood, in distinction from affinity or relation by marriage; blood relationship; as, lineal consanguinity; collateral consanguinity.

Invoking aid by the ties of consanguinity.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, from Middle French consanguinité, from Latin consanguinitatem (nominative consanguinitas), from consanguineus "consanguineous, of the same blood," from com- "together" (see com-) + sanguineus "of blood" (see sanguine).


n. A consanguineous or family relationship through parentage or descent. A blood relationship.


n. related by blood [syn: blood kinship, cognation] [ant: affinity]


Consanguinity ("blood relation", from the Latin consanguinitas) is the property of being from the same kinship as another person. In that aspect, consanguinity is the quality of being descended from the same ancestor as another person. The laws of many jurisdictions set out degrees of consanguinity in relation to prohibited sexual relations and marriage parties or whether a given person inherits property when a deceased person has not left a will. Rules of Consanguinity are also used to determine heirs of an estate according to statutes that govern intestate succession, which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

The degree of relative consanguinity can be illustrated with a consanguinity table, in which each level of lineal consanguinity (i.e., generation or meiosis) appears as a row, and individuals with a collaterally consanguineous relationship share the same row. The Knot System is a numerical notation that defines consanguinity.

Usage examples of "consanguinity".

The custom, which still prevails, of adopting the bravest and most faithful of the captives, may countenance the very probable suspicion, that this extensive consanguinity is, in a great measure, legal and fictitious.

Closer analysis of key subsections, however, suggests a consanguinity of fifty percent, blurred by substantial deep-somatic engineering.

They are not likely to help Claris fabricate any nonsense about the match like some undiscovered consanguinity that would be grounds for annulment.

Not yet, he told himself, and through empathetic consanguinity, her as well.

We know now that most birth deformities result from the consanguinity of the parents.

This inherent power was yet strengthened by the kindness of consanguinity, and the reverence of patriarchal authority.

As to the prohibition of relations between brothers and sisters, it is more likely to have arisen, not from speculations about the bad effects of consanguinity, which speculations really do not seem probable, but to avoid the too-easy precocity of like marriages.

But though these two were in consanguinity so nearly related, they were in their dispositions almost the opposites to each other.

It was seen as an insult to humanity, a misanthropic invention of the evolutionists more slanderous even than their proclaiming of the consanguinity of man and ape.

Now that it was settled that they must fight, he appeared to have cast aside all scruples based upon their consanguinity, and he discussed the affair with the greatest bonhomie, as though he were disposing of a matter of how they should sit down to table.

Thus it behoves you to join consanguinity, or sameness of kind, by which these natures, will meet and follow one another, purify themselves and generate, and make one another rejoice.

But who doubts that the modern prohibition of the marriage even of cousins is the more seemly regulation-not merely on account of the reason we have been urging, the multiplying of relationships, so that one person might not absorb two, which might be distributed to two persons, and so increase the number of people bound together as a family, but also because there is in human nature I know not what natural and praiseworthy shamefacedness which restrains us from desiring that connection which, though for propagation, is yet lustful and which even conjugal modesty blushes over, with any one to whom consanguinity bids us render respect?

Papal dispensations of consanguinity were obtained in duplicate, one from each Pope because the marriages spanned the schism.

It was Kittredge who proved that the dass was in fact a family, with its loose ends neatly turned back into a hard core of consanguinity through the agency of cousin marriages.

As a matter of law, I hold that the evidence adduced by the defense is admirably sufficient to dismiss any hint of incestuous fornication or adultery, or consanguinity, that may have risen from the evidence produced by the prosecution.