Pronunciation: (u-kin'), [key]
1. of kin; related by blood (usually used predicatively): cousins who were too closely akin for marriage.
2. allied by nature; having the same properties: Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
3. having or showing an affinity; kindred: They are emotionally but not intellectually akin.
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