Definition of Affinity in English :

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Affinity meaning in English

Meaning of Affinity in English

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1. affinity

(immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody

2. affinity

(anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship

3. affinity, phylogenetic relation

(biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts

Example Sentences:
'in anatomical structure prehistoric man shows close affinity with modern humans'

4. affinity, kinship

a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character

Example Sentences:
'found a natural affinity with the immigrants'
'felt a deep kinship with the other students'
'anthropology's kinship with the humanities'

5. affinity, chemical attraction

the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule

Example Sentences:
'basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk'

6. affinity

inherent resemblance between persons or things

7. affinity

a natural attraction or feeling of kinship

Example Sentences:
'an affinity for politics'
'the mysterious affinity between them'
'James's affinity with Sam'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of affinity
noun plural -ties
1. (foll by with or for)
a natural liking, taste, or inclination towards a person or thing
the person or thing so liked
a close similarity in appearance or quality; inherent likeness
relationship by marriage or by ties other than of blood, as by adoption
Compare consanguinity
similarity in structure, form, etc, between different animals, plants, or languages
6. chemistry
the tendency for two substances to combine; chemical attraction
a measure of the tendency of a chemical reaction to take place expressed in terms of the free energy change
. Symbol: A
7. biology
a measure of the degree of interaction between two molecules, such as an antigen and antibody or a hormone and its receptor

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see synonyms of affinity
nounWord forms: plural afˈfinities
relationship by marriage
see also consanguinity
close relationship; connection
similarity of structure, as of species or languages, implying common origin; family resemblance
a natural liking or sympathy; esp., a mutual attraction between a man and a woman
a person of the opposite sex who especially attracts one
the attractive force, of varying strength for various elements, molecules, etc., that causes the atoms of certain elements to combine and stay combined

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of affinity
n. pl. af·fin·i·ties
a. A natural attraction, liking, or feeling of kinship: a special affinity with animals; a cultural affinity for the automobile.
b. A natural tendency or ability to use or do something: an affinity with languages; an affinity for making money.
c. A natural compatibility of one thing with another: “the affinity of pork and shellfish” (Alison Arnett).
2. Relationship by marriage: related by affinity to the wife.
a. An inherent similarity between persons or things: “The genius of the Afro-Cubans lay in recognizing the affinity between swing-era jazz and their own tradition” (Gene Santoro).
b. Biology A relationship or resemblance in structure between species that suggests a common origin.
a. An attraction or force between particles or chemicals that causes them to combine.
b. The degree to which particles or chemicals are likely to combine: Hemoglobin has a high affinity for oxygen. Also called avidity.

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