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Definition of the noun affiliation

What does affiliation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: affiliations

  1. a social or business relationship
    • example: a valuable financial affiliation
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of affiliation: association / tie / tie-up
    • more generic word: relationship = a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
  2. the act of becoming formally connected or joined
    • example: welcomed the affiliation of the research center with the university
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: association = the act of consorting with or joining with others
    • more specific word: reaffiliation = affiliation anew

Alternative definition of the noun affiliation


  1. The relationship resulting from affiliating one thing with another.
  2. A club, society or umbrella organisation so formed, especially a trade union.

Specialised definition of the noun affiliation

Glossary of sports

the process of bringing a person or group into a close relationship with another, usually larger group (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Affiliation: In law, affiliation is the term to describe a partnership between two or more parties.
  2. affiliation: The name of an organization with which the person is associated. If fn and org have the exact same value, Google will interpret the information as referring to a business or organization, not a person.
  3. affiliation: The organization affiliated with this topic.
  4. affiliation: The organization affiliated with the creation, launch, and operation of the Satellite.
  5. Affiliation: Name of the organization employing this vessel.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Affiliation

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Google previewMunicipal Liability (2006)

Law and Practice by Vincent R. Fontana, Esq Fontana

Political affiliation is an appropriate requirement when there is a rational connection ...

Google previewHandbook of Social Psychology (2010)

by Susan T. Fiske, Daniel T. Gilbert, Gardner Lindzey

However, affiliation is a two- way street. People can...

Google previewEntrepreneurs (2013)

Talent, Temperament and Opportunity by Bill Bolton, John Thompson

Affiliation is a strong motivator as is achievement and each produce different results. Affiliation motivates the enabler and achievement motivates the entrepreneur. Team attribute This closely follows the entrepreneur«s team attribute but we ...

Google previewEthnic Studies (2000)

Issues and Approaches by Philip Q. Yang

Associated with political party affiliation is the issue of political ideology. Political ideology refers to underlying beliefs, attitudes, and orientation about political issues. Table 12.2 shows the political ideology of selected minority groups based on ...

Google previewThis Business of Artist Management (2011)

by Xavier M. Frascogna, Jr., H. Lee Hetherington

A successful record company affiliation is the key to a career in the music industry . Besides being a potentially lucrative source of income, the record is the most effective career development tool the artist possesses. It can reach millions of ...

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary: Judicial dictionary (1903)

by Frederick Stroud, Elsie May Wheeler, John McDonald Burke

AFFILIATION. —Qua Universities (Scot) Act, 1889, 52 & 53 ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychotherapy (2014)

by Sue Walrond-Skinner

Affiliation. Literally fromthe Latin affiare meaningto adopt a son. The process whereby an alliance is created between one or more members of a family or groupwhich mayor maynotinclude thetherapist. Affiliative behaviourstems from ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (2011)

by Mark Dodds, Linda E. Swayne

Affiliation. Activities. One of the key elements in the health of a professional sport or sports team is the extent to which fans feel strongly affiliated with the team. While “pure” sports fans will insist that they will watch a game for the joy of it over ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (2015)

by Frederick F. Wherry, Juliet B. Schor, Consulting Editor

Corey Koch Corey Koch Koch, Corey Religious Affiliation and Wealth Religious affiliation and wealth 1382 1384 ...

Google previewA Said Dictionary (2012)

by R. Radhakrishnan

affiliation This is a classic example of a simple and non-technical word that Said inflects imaginatively to produce a critical semantic range. First of all, rather than define the word or fix its denotation in isolation, Said makes it a point to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development (2005)

by Elizabeth M. Dowling, W. George Scarlett

In any human life, many factors help to determine the multiple contexts that influence one's religious affiliation and beliefs. Certainly, one's religious affiliation will impact one's religious beliefs, as will one's beliefs influence decisions made ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Law (1882)

Containing Definitions of the Technical Terms in Modern Use, and a Concise Statement of the Rules of Law Affecting the Principal Subjects, with Historical and Etymological Notes by Charles Sweet

AFFILIATION. — An affiliation order is an order made by a magistrate on the putative father of a bastard, requiring him to pay a weekly sum to the mother for the child's maintenance. (Sec Bastard.) AFFINITY is relationship by marriage; that is, ...

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Let them be reassured, it has never been one of our intentions to ban religion in society, but solely to protect the national education system from any conspicuous display of religious affiliation. (Jean-Pierre Raffarin)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4I1L1I1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 11-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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