Avuncular relationship | definition of avuncular relationship by Medical dictionary
avuncular relationship A general term for the genetic relationship between blood-related nieces/nephews and their aunts/uncles, in which they share one half the DNA that they would with a parent.
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South Africa displays an avuncular relationship
with its much smaller BINS (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland) wards, an apology some suggest for its hugely superior size, wealth and overall regional economic dominance.
Richter's easy and avuncular relationship
with Elgar is well illustrated by a letter in 1904 apologizing for not writing to congratulate the new knight, 'but was it possible for me to congratulate all the "Sirs" who are honoured by your companionship?