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AFFINITY

The relationship that a person has to the blood relatives of a spouse by virtue of the marriage.

The doctrine of affinity developed from a maxim of canon law that a husband and wife were made one by their marriage. There are three types of affinity. Direct affinity exists between the husband and his wife's relations by blood, or between the wife and the husband's relations by blood. Secondary affinity is between a spouse and the other spouse's relatives by marriage. Collateral affinity exists between a spouse and the relatives of the other spouse's relatives. The determination of affinity is important in various legal matters, such as deciding whether to prosecute a person for incest or whether to disqualify a juror for bias.

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af·fin·i·ty / əˈfinitē/ • n. (pl. -ties) (often affinity between/for/with) a spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something: he has an affinity for the music of Berlioz. ∎  a similarity of characteristics suggesting a relationship, esp. a resemblance in structure between animals, plants, or languages: a building with no affinity to contemporary architectural styles. ∎  relationship, esp. by marriage as opposed to blood ties. ∎  chiefly Biochem. the degree to which a substance tends to combine with another: the affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen.

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affinity

affinity relationship (esp. by marriage) XIV; (nat. hist., chem.) structural likeness XVIII. — OF. afinité (mod. aff-) — L. affinitās, f. affinis related, lit. bordering on, f. AF- + finis border; see -ITY.

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affinity

affinity (ă-fin-iti) n. the chemical attraction of one substance to another or others.

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