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familial traits
  relating to a family — often of inherited traits or diseases
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  • familial traits
  • Both children suffer from Familial Mediterranean fever.
  • Schools are asked to fill a void left by deteriorating familial and religious institutions.
  • She refers to my familial house, one of the oldest and most respected in the Empire, by its formal title.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • Surely Annie had been hearing about her deadbeat friend Mae, who took this gift, this coveted job at the Circle—a company that had insured her parents! had saved them from familial catastrophe!
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Beaufort was their home, and looking around, he recognized everyone’s curiosity as something akin to familial love.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Few seem satisfied with the familial character of their latter years.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I wanted to savor these moments, of them briefly forgetting their troubles, in shared jokes and familial fondness.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • My minimal portion of familial contribution is the weekly grocery shopping.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Not familial, not romantic, not friendly.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility

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  • You have no familial responsibilities, no real friend responsibilities.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Long-haired, narrow-chested, weedy and thin, he was Yul Brynner’s exact opposite in most respects and yet there was also an odd familial resemblance: they had the same sly, watchful quality, amused and a bit cruel, something Mongol or Tatar in the slant of the eyes.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He was the youngest of three children and had a finely honed sense of familial injustice.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • She may lose her job because of familial association with treason.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • We were interlocked, I sensed, through some unseen order in ways I couldn’t wholly understand, linked beyond our names, beyond familial ties, as if, together, we completed a puzzle.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • All adults had to be addressed as Mister, Missus, Miss, Auntie, Cousin, Unk, Uncle, Buhbah, Sister, Brother and a thousand other appellations indicating familial relationship and the lowliness of the addressor.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I was sure I would find out soon enough, so I shrugged, too, and started explaining the incredibly complex familial relationships of the Dolphins while I helped Trudy stack the warm bread in plastic containers.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • He’s noticed a jocular, familial air to the hallways of East Andrews, a feeling (more relief than resignation) that this place, in some official way, has now become home for all of them.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Like the brothers in the parable, Sister is irritated and envious that the child who left, and ostensibly used up her "share" of familial goodwill, is instantly welcomed, her sins so quickly forgiven.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • His visits soon began to acquire an awkward familial amplitude, for Dr. Urbino Daza and his wife would sometimes appear as if by accident, and they would stay to play cards.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Staring at Valentine from behind the rock, Jace felt as he always did now when he thought of his father—a persistent familial affection corroded through with bleakness, disappointment, and mistrust.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • I know I’m off to be presented as familial bling, when all I want is to be left way alone.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Once Chuito complained to the bosses and was written up for detracting from the familial spirit of the department.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • This building, perched beside and over the water of the Kyo River, and next to the bridge of the same name, contained thirty rooms for thirty patients and their kinsfolk — for, according to Japanese custom, when a person falls sick and goes to a hospital, one or more members of his family go and live there with him, to cook for him, bathe, massage, and read to him, and to offer incessant familial sympathy, without which a Japanese patient would be miserable indeed.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • But I know, too, of the basic comfort in this familial precision, where the relation abides no argument, no questions or quarrels.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • And her radius of endeavor, her smallish ambition, what she saw as a clustering in her work, a familial thing, determinedly modest.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • If intercourse is a job, strictly a familial function, or a pitying gift or an embarrassment or a thing of no mystery, then sex is poisoned for the male.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • If two black boys, Jake Williams and DeShawn Williams, are born in the same neighborhood and into the same familial and economic circumstances, they would likely have similar life outcomes.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • There are plenty of parallel examples from familial incest cases in which the child gives an account which falls through due to its utter improbability, and for which there is no forensic evidence.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • I’ve got finals to study for and stuff…… " I didn’t want to be a source of familial discord when they were already arguing.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Predisposing and Familial Pattern.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • There’s mismatched desire, the familial instinct, the difficulties of the insecure, dominant male or female, so on.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Nothing about religious or romantic or familial devotion; nothing about civic awe or career ambition or respect for wealth and power.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I greeted her: "Hello, Dolores" (we had long dropped the pretense of familial relationship).
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • And it’s not just these sightings, of course, that elevate me, but the naturally attendant hope of a familial continuation, an unpredictable, richly evolving to be.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • To remember that now makes me feel the way I should have felt, to brim at such a sight with sober pride and happiness, a grandparental glow, though then it was, I must recall, a most sickening vision to me, being the clearest picture of my defeats, familial and otherwise.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • There is a need for the belief—even if illusory—that despite the ever-obvious evidence of familial messiness and complication, one’s child will always hold the most unconditional regard for her parent, the same one no doubt that Mary Burns felt her heart spill over with when she was handed her newborn daughter, and which I am sure washes over me whenever Thomas tugs my hand.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
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