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noun af·fin·i·ty \ə-ˈfi-nə-tē\

: a feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas, or interests

: a liking for or an attraction to something

: a quality that makes people or things suited to each other

 plural af·fin·i·ties

Full Definition of AFFINITY

1:  relationship by marriage
2a :  sympathy marked by community of interest :  kinship

b (1) :  an attraction to or liking for something <people with an affinity to darkness — Mark Twain><pork and fennel have a natural affinity for each other — Abby Mandel> (2) :  an attractive force between substances or particles that causes them to enter into and remain in chemical combination

c :  a person especially of the opposite sex having a particular attraction for one

3a :  likeness based on relationship or causal connection <found an affinity between the teller of a tale and the craftsman — Mary McCarthy> <this investigation, with affinities to a case history, a psychoanalysis, a detective story — Oliver Sacks>

b :  a relation between biological groups involving resemblance in structural plan and indicating a common origin