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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun affinity:


Affinity (fondness; liking; similarity) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun affinity

What does affinity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: affinities

  1. (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody
  2. (anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship
  3. (biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts
  4. a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character
    • example: found a natural affinity with the immigrants
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • synonym of affinity: kinship
    • more generic word: relation = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
    • more specific words:
      • resonance / rapport = a relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people
      • sympathy = a relation of affinity or harmony between people
  5. the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule
    • example: basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • synonym of affinity: chemical attraction
    • more generic word: force = the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
  6. inherent resemblance between persons or things
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: resemblance = similarity in appearance or external or superficial details
  7. a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
    • examples: an affinity for politics | the mysterious affinity between them | James's affinity with Sam
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: attraction / attractiveness = the quality of arousing interest

Alternative definition of the noun affinity


  1. A natural attraction or feeling of kinship to a person or thing.
  2. A family relationship through marriage of a relative (e.g. sister-in-law), as opposed to consanguinity. (e.g. sister).
  3. A kinsman or kinswoman of such relationship. Affinal kinsman or kinswoman.
  4. The fact of and manner in which something is related to another.
  5. Any romantic relationship.
  6. Any passionate love for something.
  7. [taxonomy] resemblances between biological populations; resemblances that suggest that they are of a common origin, type or stock.
  8. [geology] structural resemblances between minerals; resemblances that suggest that they are of a common origin or type.
  9. [chemistry] An attractive force between atoms, or groups of atoms, that contributes towards their forming bonds
  10. [medicine] The attraction between an antibody and an antigen
  11. [computing] tendency to keep a task running on the same processor in a symmetric multiprocessing operating system to reduce the frequency of cache misses

Definition of the noun affinity for high school students

    a spontaneous feeling of closeness
    • example: Jerry didn't know why, but he felt an incredible affinity for Kramer the first time they met.

The noun affinity is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


  1. "Affinity": This delicious period piece, based on Sarah Waters’ 1999 novel of the same name, is a women-in-prison movie with a gothic Victorian twist. Upper-class Margaret, mourning her father’s recent death and looking for diversion, goes to Millbank Prison as a “Lady Visitor” — presumably to improve the female convicts but really as a way to step outside her limited, conventional world. When she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Selina, an attractive young convict, Margaret’s do-gooding quickly falls by the wayside.
  2. "Affinity" is a short film, written by L. Ron Hubbard.

Phrases with Affinity

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  3. Chemical affinity

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Affinity

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Google previewAtheism Is Winning! (2016)

by Anonymous

Affinity means there is still a wound in the human soul, and perhaps the worst paradox of all is the sensation which tells us this wound only grows...

Google previewNursing School Entrance Exams (2016)

by Kaplan Nursing

C Electron affinity is the energy that is released when an electron is added to a gaseous atom, and it represents the...

Electron affinity is a measure of the ease with which an atom can accept an electron in terms of the amount of energy...

Google previewExam Ref 70-696 Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps (MCSE) (2014)

by Orin Thomas

Incorrect: User device affinity is the process of associating a user with one or more specific ...

Google previewModern Pharmacology with Clinical Applications (2004)

by Charles R. Craig, Robert E. Stitzel

The mathematical relationship of response to efficacy and affinity is the following: e[A] E~ = ! | KA + [A] This equation states that the ratio of the ...

Google previewThe Dental Cosmos: A Monthly Record Of Dental Science (1872)

by J. D. White, John Hugh McQuillen, George Jacob Ziegler, James William White, Edward Cameron Kirk, Lovick Pierce Anthony

Chemical affinity is the name given to the force which unites the atoms of chemical elements. Of its real nature we know as little as we do of electricity. The following definition will serve our purpose : ' ' Chemical affinity is that force which binds ...

Google previewTietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics (2012)

by Carl A. Burtis, Edward R. Ashwood, David E. Bruns

Affinity refers to the thermodynamic quantity defining the energy of interaction of a single antibody-combining site and its...

Thus affinity is a property of the substance bound (antigen), and avidity is a property of the binder (antibody).

Google previewThe Brand IDEA (2013)

Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy, and Affinity by Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, Julia Shepard Stenzel

Brand Affinity refers to the way in which an organization extends itssphere of influence beyond the organization itself,

Affinity is a continuation of the brand Democracy mindset, extending participation and access to the brand and brand ...

Google previewEnvironmental Microbiology (2014)

by Ian L. Pepper, Charles P. Gerba, Terry J. Gentry

More specifically, affinity is a measure of the strength of this interaction, and is usually expressed as an interaction or association constant. Quantitatively, affinity is the sum of the chemical bonds that form between the antigen and the antibody.

Google previewFundamentals of Solid State Engineering (2009)

by Manijeh Razeghi

Electron affinity The electron affinity is the potential energy change of the atom when an electron is added to a neutral, gaseous atom to form a negative ion. So the more negative the electron affinity, the more favorable the electron addition ...

Google previewObjective Pre Engineering Chemistry

Electron affinity is the energy, while electronegativity is a tendency. Electron affinity is the property of isolated atoms, whereas electronegativity is the property of bonded atoms. Electron affinity ...

Google previewUnderstanding Business in the Global Economy (2016)

A Multi-Level Relationship Approach by Jonathan S. Swift

cultural affinity is an important determinant for firms' ability to estimate the needs and requirements of the other party. High cultural affinity is a major factor reducing psychic distance between two ...

Google previewHandbook of Mathematics (2017)

by Vialar Thierry

An affinity is a collineation which preserves a line l point by point, and such that the lines joining two distinct homologous points X and X′ are...

Google previewUniversal Technological Dictionary (1823)

Or, Familiar Explanations of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences by George Crabb

Affinity is that principle by which particles of different kinds are disposed to unite with each other, and to remain in unison.

Google previewAmerican Electrician (1900)

by William Dixon Weaver, Jonathan E. Woodbridge, Cecil Percy Poole

chemical affinity is the basis of all operations in this line; therefore we must study that matter in order to fully understand the work to be done in future. Chemical affinity is that force which induces atoms to unite and form chemical molecules.

Google previewGoyal’s IIT FOUNDATION COURSE CHEMISTRY (2014)

For Class-9 by A. Ramakrishna

IE2 > IE1 Electron Affinity is the energy released when an electron is added to the valence shell of the neutral gaseous atom of an ...

Google previewBeyond Trauma (2005)

Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction by Victor R. Volkman

Affinity is the willingness or desire to be in the same space as someone or something; it is an impulse toward closeness. Aversion is an unwillingness to be in the same space as someone or something, a desire to be distant from it or him.

Google preview31 Days Before Your CompTIA A+ Exams (2011)

by Ben Conry

In the menu that appears, you can select options such as End Process, End Process Tree, Set Priority, or Set Affinity (affinity refers to which CPU the process will use if you have more than one CPU in your PC). You can also click Properties to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography 2004 Update Supplement (2004)

by Jack Cazes

Affinity. Chromatography. Georgios A.Theodoridis Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece INTRODUCTION In the last decade, molecular imprinting has evolved into an elegant technique for the generation of synthetic media ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography (2005)

by Jack Cazes

INTRODUCTION Affinity chromatogmphy is a liquid chromatographic technique that uses a "biologically related" agent as a stationary phase for the purification or analysis of sample components. The retention of solutes in this method is based ...

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The closest thing to a law of nature in business is that form has an affinity for expense, while substance has an affinity for income. (Dee Hock)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4I1N1I1T1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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