af·fin·i·ty /ə-'fi-nə-tē/ n pl -ties: relationship by marriage compare consanguinity

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (family ties) noun affiliation, ancestry, blood relative, brethren, clan, cognatio, cognation, common ancestry, coniunctio, connection, consanguinitas, consanguinity, family, family connection, filiation, heritage, kindred, kinship, lineage, linkage, necessitudo, offspring, parentage, propinquitas, relation, relation by blood, relationship, tribe associated concepts: challenge to a prospective juror based on affinity foreign phrases:
- Affinis mei affinis non est mihi affinis. — One who is related by marriage to a person who is related to me by marriage has no affinity to me.
II (regard) noun affection, attachment, attraction, closeness, concern, devotion, fondness, friendliness, friendship, good will, inclination, liking, love, natural liking, partiality, predilection, proclivity, propensity, sympathy, tenderness III index analogy, blood, chain (nexus), conformity (agreement), consortium (marriage companionship), inclination, instinct, kinship, partiality, penchant, predilection, propensity, propinquity (kinship), propinquity (similarity), rapport, relation (connection), relationship (family tie), relevance, resemblance

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) A relationship; fondness or liking.
(2) The degree of relationship between people who are related by marriage.
See also consanguinity

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

the relationship or connection between one spouse and the blood relatives of the other. Consanguinity is the relationship of persons descended from the same ancestor. Thus sons are consanguine with their fathers, brothers with each other.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1 A close agreement.
2 The attraction between people.
3 Any relationship created by marriage.
See also consanguinity.
4 A term used to describe the relationship that one has to the adopted or blood (and usually close) relatives of their spouse. For example, affinity exists between a woman and her husband's brother.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

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

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