(immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody
(anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship
affinity, phylogenetic relation(noun)
(biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts
"in anatomical structure prehistoric man shows close affinity with modern humans"
a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character
"found a natural affinity with the immigrants"; "felt a deep kinship with the other students"; "anthropology's kinship with the humanities"
affinity, chemical attraction(noun)
the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule
"basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk"
inherent resemblance between persons or things
a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
"an affinity for politics"; "the mysterious affinity between them"; "James's affinity with Sam"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Analogy is specifically a resemblance of relations; a resemblance that may be reasoned from, so that from the likeness in certain respects we may infer that other and perhaps deeper relations exist. Affinity is a mutual attraction with or without seeming likeness; as, the affinity of iron for oxygen. Coincidence is complete agreement in some one or more respects; there may be a coincidence in time of most dissimilar events. Parity of reasoning is said of an argument equally conclusive on subjects not strictly analogous. Similitude is a rhetorical comparison of one thing to another with which it has some points in common. Resemblance and similarity are external or superficial, and may involve no deeper relation; as, the resemblance of a cloud to a distant mountain. Compare ALLEGORY.
The analogy between (or of) nature and revelation; the analogy of sound to light; a family has some analogy with (or to) a state.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Translations for affinity
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- Verwandtschaft, AffinitätGerman
- sukulainen, viehtymys, mieltymys, lankous, affiniteettiFinnish
- アフィニティ, 親和性Japanese
- affiniteit, welgezindheidDutch
- тя́га, влече́ние, аффините́т, свойство́, ро́дственник, схо́дство, рома́н, ро́дственность, ро́дственница, увлече́ние, сродство́, сродство, бли́зость, родство́Russian
- sklȍnōst, afinìtēt, srȍdnōst, sròdstvoSerbo-Croatian
- mối quan hệVietnamese
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