Definition of blood relation in US English:

blood relation

(also blood relative)


  • A person related to another by birth rather than by marriage.

    • ‘Military regulations do not permit leave unless the person is a blood relative.’
    • ‘I know that I am not a blood relative of A but he means a lot to me.’
    • ‘Even though he was a blood relative, we've given him a really hard time over the years.’
    • ‘He is not actually a blood relative but part of a large group of ‘family’ members that consist of my mum and dad's friends.’
    • ‘In principle, one should not marry a blood relative, but in small communities marriages between kin more distantly related than first cousins are common.’
    • ‘A blood relative is buried next to Thomas Jefferson.’
    • ‘While Erin was in no way a blood relation of mine, I loved her like my own mother.’
    • ‘Anyone who has grown up in a troubled family will know that in reality the above qualities do not apply simply on the basis of someone being your blood relative.’
    • ‘Well, Trent's not my blood relative either, but he and I are like brothers.’
    • ‘The major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure or a blood relative with the disease.’
    • ‘Females are never allowed to have physical contact with a man who is not their husband or a blood relative.’
    • ‘Christopher isn't a blood relative of Tony's, but rather an in-law.’
    • ‘Even though he is not your blood relative, since your parents are married, you two are family and will always be in each other's lives.’
    • ‘The alternate sponsor does not have to be a blood relation.’
    • ‘Because I'm a blood relation, there was a better chance of my kidney being a good match than Kenny's.’
    • ‘After all, Arthur's own father - his closest blood relative - has not been part of his family for years.’
    • ‘Which do you think is the blood relative and which the relation because of marriage?’
    • ‘Under Scots law, a blood relative - no matter how distant they are - would come higher up in the pecking order when the estate was distributed than a ‘live-in lover’ where there is no will.’
    • ‘Otherwise, the nearest blood relative has more rights than a surviving partner.’
    • ‘Danny hadn't been a blood relative, but he'd still been his brother.’
    relatives, relations, blood relations, family members, kin, next of kin, kinsfolk, kinsmen, kinswomen, kindred, one's flesh and blood, one's own flesh and blood, connections
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blood relation

/bləd rəˈleɪʃən/