nuclear family

noun
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of nuclear family

:a family group that consists only of parents and children

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First Known Use of nuclear family

1941


NUCLEAR FAMILY Defined for English Language Learners

nuclear family

noun

Definition of nuclear family for English Language Learners

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


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nuclear family

noun

medical Definition of nuclear family

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

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