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n. the state of being related by birth, common ancestry, marriage, or adoption. Notions of who is and who is not kin may vary considerably from one culture to another. For example, in strongly patriarchal societies (see patriarchy), some of one’s mother’s closest blood relatives may not be considered one’s kin.

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June 18th 2024



n. a method of settling controversies in which the parties involved present their arguments and supporting information to an impartial agent, such as a judge or, in a labor dispute, an arbitrator or arbitration board. By mutual agreement, the arbiter’s decision is final. This process is distinguished from mediation, in which the outside agent (the mediator or conciliator) seeks to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement. —arbitrate vb.