(Latin: maternal uncle, uncle; mother's brother)
2. Regarded as characteristic of an uncle, especially in benevolence or tolerance; like an uncle in kindness or indulgence.
3. In medical genetics, pertaining to an aunt or uncle.
4. Etymology: from the Latin avunculus, "maternal uncle". The feminine equivalent of avuncular is materteral, "like an aunt".
An avuncular relationship is the genetic relationship between aunts and uncles and their nieces and nephews.
Dwight David Eisenhower, as U.S. President (1953 to 1961), was the amiable uncle, but his reputation as an indifferent manager evaporated once scholars got a look at his papers, which showed a much more engaged and sophisticated player than the avuncular image he cultivated.
"He himself [Josemaría Escrivá] was a polarizing figure, humble and grandiose, avuncular and ferocious."
2. Suggestive of an uncle especially in kindliness or geniality: "Grace's brother showed avuncular indulgence whenever he was with his nieces and nephews."
2. The relationship between a man and his sister's children, generally her sons. With some tribal people, avunculate refers to a special relationship between a man and his maternal uncle, and the mutual responsibilities between them.
3. Etymology: from Latin avunculus, "uncle".
Found in matrilineal societies where a nephew inherits property from his mother's brother.