nuclear family


Definition of nuclear family

: a family group that consists only of parents and children

Examples of nuclear family in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the nuclear family remains the only form of family with cultural legitimacy. Laurie Penny, Wired, "Live Wrong and Prosper: Covid-19 and the Future of Families," 18 June 2020 From the idealized suburbanites of Leave It to Beaver to the Manhattan-dwelling Jeffersons, television's presentation of the nuclear family has long reflected American society. Joey Nolfi,, "Watch Shea Couleé tearfully honor her chosen RuPaul's Drag Race family," 15 June 2020 Some will bring their nuclear family to Africa while others straddle two continents. Yan Hairong, Quartz Africa, "The truth about Chinese migrants in Africa and their self-segregation," 4 June 2020 Being a nuclear family is something that’s really important to us. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "4 Happily Married Black Men Reveal How Love Made Them Better," 7 Apr. 2020 So people living alone are not really the lonely end result of the unraveling of the nuclear family. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "If the Nuclear Family Has Failed, What Comes Next?," 13 Feb. 2020 The two-parent household with just children to support has long been unavailable and undesirable to many Americans, but the FAFSA is built to enforce that fantasy of the nuclear family. Caitlin Zaloom, Time, "How the Student Debt Complex Is Crushing the Next Generation of Americans," 29 Oct. 2019 And the new show doubles down on the running barbs about Barris’s distaste for his nuclear family, particularly his emotionally expressive eldest son (Junior on Blackish, Pops on #BlackAf). Shamira Ibrahim, The Atlantic, "You’ve Already Seen #BlackAF," 26 Apr. 2020 At first glance the photos show perfect nuclear families. The Economist, "Denizens of Mars What does it mean to be “manly”?," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of nuclear family

1924, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jul 2020

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“Nuclear family.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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