2. Family resemblance or a relationship by marriage: There was a special affinity between the two friends apparently because they were also cousins.
3. An inherent similarity between people or things: There is a close affinity between lemons and limes.
Sarah felt an affinity with all of those who suffered because their pains were also her pains.4. Etymology: Affinity comes from Latin affinitas, which means "kinship by marriage, as distinct from blood kinship".
In the 18th century, naturalists started to use affinity to mean a family resemblance (as between cats and lions).
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2. Family resemblance, similarity, likeness: There is a close affinity between lemons and limes.
2. In photography, a distance setting, as on a camera, beyond which the entire field is clearer and sharper: Tanya, the landscape photographer, set the lens on her camera to infinity so objects at a distance would be in focus.
Carla seemed to have an affinity for photography; with careful precision, she set the aperture of the camera to infinity when taking long-distance shots.
2. The work needed in removing an electron from a negative ion which will restore the neutrality of an atom or molecule.
3. The work needed to remove an electron from a negative ion and move it to infinity.