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Domestic relations. In a limited sense, it signifies the father, mother, and children. In a more extensive sense it comprehends all the individuals who live under the authority of another, and includes the servants of the family. Primarily, the collective body of persons who live in one house and under one head or management; secondarily, those persons who are of the same lineage, or have descended from one common progenitor. A group of persons connected by blood, by affinity, or by law. It is also employed to signify all the relations who descend from a common ancestor, or who spring from a common root. In the construction of wills, the word family, when applied to personal property is synonymous with kindred, or relations. It may, nevertheless, be confined to particular relations by the context of the will, or may be enlarged by it, so that the expression may in some cases mean children, or next of kin, and in others, may even include relations by marriage.


 - n. pl. Families. The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children, and servants, and, as the ...

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