1. Of the same kin; related by blood; used of persons; as, the two families are near akin.

2. Allied by nature; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind. "A joy akin to rapture." "The literary character of the work is akin to its moral character." (Jeffrey)

This adjective is used only after the noun.

Origin: Pref. A- (for of) + kin.

(01 Mar 1998)

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