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 For a clan that pined for travel and events, the county fair was the first mass gathering outside their nuclear family in some time. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 Here, the monotony of his everyday — the ding of his metro pass, a mouse click on a spreadsheet, his feet hitting the gravel for a daily run — serves as an unrelenting soundtrack for his anonymous routine as the dull head of a dreary nuclear family. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 But if their rhetoric differs by degrees, their motivations are remarkably similar—a violent reinscription of an idealized, traditional idea of womanhood and the nuclear family, one that depends upon a rigid gender binary to maintain itself. Esther Wang, The New Republic, 21 July 2021 As life spans increase, so will the proportion of time one spends outside the nuclear family, which means that, at some point, for most Americans, the alternative to different ways of being together will be being alone. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 Government goals to shutter homes for children in favor of foster care or keeping children within the nuclear family, where appropriate, hadn’t seen notable progress until the pandemic arrived, says Ms. Luna of RELAF. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 June 2021 McLean says her experiences also impacted her own nuclear family. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2021 An emeritus general authority’s recent defense of the nuclear family is stirring debate in the Mormon blogosphere. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2021 The family hopped around cheap student dormitories at first, always evicted within months after the landlord discovered that instead of students, an entire nuclear family was living in the one-room space. Kenrick Cai, Forbes, 27 May 2021

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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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6 Oct 2021

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“Nuclear family.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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