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cognation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cognation  \Cog*na"tion\,  n.  [L.  cognatio.] 
  1.  Relationship  by  blood;  descent  from  the  same  original; 
  kindred. 
 
  As  by  our  cognation  to  the  body  of  the  first  Adam. 
  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  Participation  of  the  same  nature.  --Sir  T.  Browne. 
 
  A  like  temper  and  cognation.  --Sir  K. 
  Digby 
 
  3.  (Law)  That  tie  of  consanguinity  which  exists  between 
  persons  descended  from  the  same  mother;  --  used  in 
  distinction  from  {agnation}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cognation 
  n  1:  line  of  descent  traced  through  the  maternal  side  of  the 
  family  [syn:  {matrilineage},  {enation}] 
  2:  related  by  blood  [syn:  {consanguinity},  {blood  kinship}] 
  [ant:  {affinity}] 




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