Inflections of 'affinity' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": affinities
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af•fin•i•ty /əˈfɪnɪti/USA pronunciation
n., pl. -ties. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
[~ + for/with/to/between]
- a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing, idea, etc: [uncountable]felt a sense of affinity with his new colleague.[countable]I felt a natural affinity for the group.
- close resemblance, agreement, or connection due to a common ancestry: [countable]The Scandinavian languages have many affinities with German.[uncountable]Latin has affinity with Greek.
(ə fin′i tē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ties., adj. n.
- a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing, idea, etc.
- a person, thing, idea, etc., for which such a natural liking or attraction is felt.
- Sociologyrelationship by marriage or by ties other than those of blood (distinguished from consanguinity).
- inherent likeness or agreement;
close resemblance or connection.
- Biologythe phylogenetic relationship between two organisms or groups of organisms resulting in a resemblance in general plan or structure, or in the essential structural parts.
- Chemistrythe force by which atoms are held together in chemical compounds.
- of or pertaining to persons who share the same interests:to arrange charter flights for opera lovers and other affinity groups.
- Latin affīnitās connection by marriage. See affine, -ity
- Middle French
- Middle English affinite 1275–1325
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged partiality, fondness;
sympathy, leaning, bent.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged similarity, compatibility.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dislike, aversion.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dissimilarity, disparity.
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affinity /əˈfɪnɪtɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin affīnitāt- connected by marriage, from affīnis bordering on, relatedafˈfinitive adj
- followed 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
- similarity in structure, form, etc, between different animals, plants, or languages
- the tendency for two substances to combine; chemical attraction
- 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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