Definitions of cognation
  1. noun
    (anthropology) related by blood
    synonyms: blood kinship, consanguinity
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    (anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship
    type of:
    family relationship, kinship, relationship
    (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
  2. noun
    line of descent traced through the maternal side of the family
    synonyms: enation, matrilineage
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    type of:
    unilateral descent
    line of descent traced through one side of the family
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