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 Since the pandemic began, grounding our nuclear family of five oceans apart — with me in Paris, my sister in Los Angeles, and my father and brother back in New York with her — my mother has been sending me mail every few weeks. Sara Lieberman, Travel + Leisure, "Mail From My Mom in a Pandemic, an Ode to the USPS," 1 Sep. 2020 Among non-citizens who can enter the country are nuclear family members of Israelis having lifecycle events such as births and weddings., "Ban on non-Israelis entering Israel extended through Oct. 1," 25 Aug. 2020 During recessions, the rigidity of the nuclear family ideology loosens; everyone understands why young adults move back home with their parents. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Moving back in with your parents may be your worst fear—and your best idea yet," 19 Aug. 2020 Though Reid is grateful for his parents’ help, living with his nuclear family has meant that everyone reverts, at times, to their parent/child role — an odd dynamic for a grown man with a family of his own. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "‘So, what do you do?’ What, indeed. With office life dormant, white-collar Washington is adrift.," 19 Aug. 2020 The Bernie Mac Show premiered in 2001 with a unique take on the nuclear family sitcom: Bernie's character takes in his sister's children after she is taken into rehab. Omar Sanchez,, "8 classic Black TV comedies you can stream right now," 30 July 2020 Edie carefully picks her way through the fragmentary remains of the American nuclear family, a broken and jagged old ruin, to try to find what still matters. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Pioneering Morality of Raven Leilani’s Luster," 11 Aug. 2020 Begun by Edgar Degas in August 1858, likely finished the following year, and revised around 1867, the large canvas is actually a complex, unusually candid depiction of the tensions, emotions and alienation within a nuclear family. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "Detonating the Nuclear Family," 7 Aug. 2020 Ala’ilima said that Pacific Islander homes don’t tend to reflect a typical nuclear family, either. oregonlive, "Pacific Islanders have higher COVID-19 rates than any other race in Oregon," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of nuclear family

1924, in the meaning defined above

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11 Sep 2020

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“Nuclear family.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 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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