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 My own nuclear family has also been expunged, a relief after years of disapproval. Longreads, 20 Apr. 2022 Kaleo Grant, a 23-year-old middle-school assistant sports coach in Brooklyn, told me that three of these sects exist just within his nuclear family. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022 Much of the tax code is designed to benefit the Ozzie and Harriet nuclear family, where one spouse stays home and raises multiple children. David Rae, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Over the decades, the act of sleeping outside has served wildly varying ends: as a return to agrarian ideals, a means of survival, a rite of passage for the nuclear family, a route to self-improvement, and a form of First Amendment expression. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2022 That was actually much more capacious than the American nuclear family. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 10 Apr. 2022 As society moves away from the idea of the nuclear family as its bedrock, so do the symbols that used to hold it together. Frances Solá-santiago,, 28 Feb. 2022 The American sitcom in the twentieth century often centered on the dilemmas that ensue from some sort of fracture in the nuclear family. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 These include the rifts between industrial and ceremonial time; Christian theology and shamanic religion; the nuclear family and tribal kinship structures. Molly Young, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nuclear family

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nuclear family was in 1924

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15 May 2022

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“Nuclear family.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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