con·​san·​guin·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-ˌsan-ˈgwi-nə-tē How to pronounce consanguinity (audio) , -ˌsaŋ- \
plural consanguinities

Definition of consanguinity

1 : the quality or state of being consanguineous persons related by consanguinity
2 : a close relation or connection the consanguinity of monotheistic religions

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Recent Examples on the Web The risk of unintentional consanguinity—the technical term for relatives hooking up—remains small, but looms large in the minds of those conceived via anonymous sperm donation. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of consanguinity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consanguinity

see consanguineous

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“Consanguinity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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con·​san·​guin·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-ˌsan-ˈgwi-nə-tē, -ˌsaŋ- How to pronounce consanguinity (audio) \

Legal Definition of consanguinity

: the quality or state of being consanguineous

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