nuclear family


Definition of nuclear family 

: a family group that consists only of parents and children

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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 For many, its depiction of an ordinary-yet-extraordinary nuclear family defending itself against its enemies carried an unmistakable resonance in the wake of 9/11 and the nascent war on terror. Justin Chang,, "How the dazzling, overstuffed ‘Incredibles 2’ holds up a cracked mirror to present-day reality," 4 July 2018 Wonderful! [laughs] Explain how scientists and other experts often force traditional societal norms on animals, like heterosexuality, monogamy, or the nuclear family. National Geographic, "What You Think You Know About Animals? Probably Not True," 26 May 2018 In 2010, single-person households began to outnumber nuclear families. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 Another 88,000 visas are given each year to the spouses and minor children of permanent residents, so promoting the nuclear family would place those off-limits too. Fred Bauer, National Review, "‘Visa Offsets’: Why Amnesty Should Be Paired with Cuts to Legal Immigration," 9 Feb. 2018

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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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