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fam·i·ly unit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. family, family unitnoun

    primary social group; parents and children

    "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"


  1. family unit

    Family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognized birth) or affinity (by marriage or other relationship). The purpose of the family is to maintain the well-being of its members and of society. Ideally, families offer predictability, structure, and safety as members mature and learn to participate in the community. Historically, most human societies use family as the primary locus of attachment, nurturance, and socialization.Anthropologists classify most family organizations as matrifocal (a mother and her children), patrifocal (a father and his children), conjugal (a wife, her husband, and children, also called the nuclear family), avuncular (a man, his sister, and her children), or extended (in addition to parents and children, may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins). The field of genealogy aims to trace family lineages through history. The family is also an important economic unit studied in family economics. The word "families" can be used metaphorically to create more inclusive categories such as community, nationhood, and global village.


  1. family unit

    A family unit, also often known as a domestic unit, refers to a group of individuals related by blood, marriage, adoption, or cohabitation, who live together, share economic resources, and carry out domestic responsibilities. This unit typically includes parents and their children, but can also extend to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives. The structure and roles within a family unit can vary greatly across cultures, societies, and individual preferences, with single-parent households, same-sex parent households, nuclear families, and extended families all being examples of different types of family units. It forms a primary social group in society and plays a critical role in the upbringing, socialization, and emotional support of its members.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of family unit in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of family unit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of family unit in a Sentence

  1. Randi Zuckerberg:

    When you have such a big family, you kind of have all of your companions built into your family unit, maybe after just spending his entire childhood growing up with three sisters, he's like, I just got to connect with other people.

  2. White House:

    1 out of every 6 family unit cases filed on special expedited dockets at 10 immigration courts has ended with an in absentia removal order.

  3. President Biden:

    When Mexico's capacity is reached, we process the families and place them in immigration proceedings here in the United States, we have partnered with community-based organizations to test the family members and quarantine them as needed under COVID-19 protocols. In some locations, the processing of individuals who are part of a family unit has strained our border resources.

  4. Justin Clark:

    They've really grown into the normalcy of a family unit, they all get along well! They have their normal sibling spats but they're not very often and not very big.

  5. Jeff Hensley:

    We will serve families, regardless of whether the veteran is involved, Williams said. VETERANS ORGANIZATION HELPING WAR HEROES FORGE SPECIAL BONDS That means spouses and children can also take advantage of the free services, something clients say the VA is not really setup to do. Cohen clinicians say the focus on healing the entire family unit has been extremely successful and military families have responded well. It particularly helped Hensley’s family. The retired naval pilot said he struggled to transition back to civilian life after leaving the military.He also started to notice the toll his military service had taken on his young children and he describes that as his rock-bottom. I think I was most shocked about my older son.

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