nonfamilial

adjective

non·​fa·​mil·​ial ˌnän-fə-ˈmil-yəl How to pronounce nonfamilial (audio)
-ˈmi-lē-əl
: not familial:
a
: not of or relating to a family
nonfamilial relationships
b
medical : not tending to occur in more members of a family than expected by chance alone
nonfamilial early-onset Alzheimerʼs disease

Examples of nonfamilial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That has a lot to do with the less rigid, more free-form nature of the nonmarital, nonfamilial friend relationship itself. Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Nominees for the award named in her honor have to be between the ages 9-25, must be nominated by a professional nonfamilial acquaintance and must have been doing their project for a full year. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 2 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonfamilial was in 1909

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“Nonfamilial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonfamilial. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

nonfamilial

adjective
non·​fa·​mil·​ial ˌnän-fə-ˈmil-yəl How to pronounce nonfamilial (audio)
: not familial : not tending to occur in more members of a family than expected by chance alone
nonfamilial colon cancer
nonfamilial early-onset Alzheimer's disease

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