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fa•mil•i•ar•i•ty



Pronunciation: (fu-mil"ē-ar'i-tē, -mil-yar'-), [key]
n.,
pl. -ties.

1. thorough knowledge or mastery of a thing, subject, etc.
2. the state of being familiar; friendly relationship; close acquaintance; intimacy.
3. an absence of ceremony and formality; informality.
4. freedom of behavior justified only by the closest relationship; undue intimacy.
5. Often, familiarities. an instance of such freedom, as in action or speech.
6. a sexual liberty or impropriety.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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