nuclear family


Definition of nuclear family

: a family group that consists only of parents and children

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That’s more than double the proportion of single-person residences in 1960, when the nuclear family peaked. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, "As More Products Are Made for Single People, a Waste Conundrum Emerges," 22 June 2019 The disturbing new horror film centers on a vacationing nuclear family. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 Or maybe Will and Kate and the kids secretly do Christmas morning celebrations as a nuclear family? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Broke Royal Tradition by Waking Up at the Crack of Dawn on Christmas Morning," 29 Dec. 2018 These events allowed the series to keep the family-friendly vibe, while tapping into more modern storylines: namely, the non-nuclear family structure. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Fuller House Focuses on Kimmy Gibbler Being Stephanie Tanner's Surrogate This Season," 14 Dec. 2018 To offset these numbers, the Trump plan would cut off sponsorship of adult relatives outside the nuclear family, including parents, and end the visa lottery. Jessica Vaughan, National Review, "Bad Dreams on Immigration," 1 Feb. 2018 The motherhood line serves another, older purpose: These tweets and op-eds and statements are also venerations of the nuclear family. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Motherhood and the Morality of Trump’s Immigration Policy," 18 June 2018 Bird's authorial attitude is both sly and sincere, with a view of the nuclear family as the locus of human virtue and strength. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incredibles 2': Film Review," 11 June 2018 The above video is a supercut of the past seven days across multiple programs on Fox News, a place where the percentage of Christians in the U.S. and the collapse of the nuclear family are essential talking points in the wake of a mass shooting. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "All the Ways Fox News Spun the Gun Debate After the Parkland School Shooting," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of nuclear family

1941, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nuclear family

: the part of a family that includes only the father, mother, and children

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Medical Definition of nuclear family

: a family group that consists only of father, mother, and children — see extended family

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