blood relative


: someone who has the same parents or ancestors as another person
Your sister is your blood relative, but your brother-in-law is not.

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Recent Examples on the Web While that designation would have been fine in her native Slovenia, in the U.K., a blood relative cannot serve as a witness. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2023

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“Blood relative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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blood relative

blood rel·​a·​tive
: a relative by common descent compare affine
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