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What is 'Cousin' ?

Asked by LALITKUMAR RANA, 18 Jul '07 07:57 pm
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A cousin in English kinship terminology is a relative with whom one shares a common grandparent or more distant ancestor, and who is not in one's own line of descent.

The term cousin never applies where there are other specific terms to describe relationships. These specific terms involve one's ancestors (mother, father, and all forms of grandparent) and their siblings (all forms of aunt and uncle), one's own descendants (child, grandchild, etc.), and one's own siblings (brother, sister) and their descendants (all forms of niece and nephew).

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Cousin problems, two math questions in several complex variables, concerning the existence of meromorphic functions
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Answered by GOPI KUMAR, 18 Jul '07 08:01 pm

 
  
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A relative
Answered by jameel ahmed, 18 Jul '07 07:57 pm

 
  
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your uncle or aunt's son/daughter
Answered by girish meetina nair, 18 Jul '07 08:00 pm

 
  
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brother or sister in an indirect relation. (e. g. son of your father's brother is your cousin brother
Answered by Vijai Sharma, 18 Jul '07 07:59 pm

 
  
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Cousin means who is related to you and who may be sons of your uncles or maternal uncles.
Answered by benudhar pradhan, 18 Jul '07 07:58 pm

 
  
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In colonial times, it most often meant nephew or niece. In the broader context, it could also mean any familial relationship, blood or otherwise,( except father, mother, brother, sister), or the contemporary meaning of a child of one's aunt or uncle. Modern usage includes qualifiers such as first, second, third, and once removed, twice removed, etc. First cousin is what most people commonly call their cousins, that is an aunt's or uncle's child.
Answered by Seven Wonders, 18 Jul '07 07:59 pm

 
  
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brother and sister of your relatives
Answered by Ratikant Gantayat, 18 Jul '07 07:59 pm

 
  
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Not a direct relationship but an indirect relationship by virtue of ancestors of both father & mother.
Answered by krishnaswamy thattai renganathaiyengar, 20 Jul '07 09:28 pm

 
  
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son/daughter of sister or brother of father or mothert
Answered by Dinesh C S, 25 Jul '07 04:36 pm

 
  
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