Cousins

Cousins

A cousin is a relative with whom a person shares one or more common ancestors. In the general sense, cousins are two or more generations away from any common ancestor, thus distinguishing a cousin from an ancestor, descendant, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew. However in common parlance, "cousin" normally specifically means "first cousin".

About Cousins

In kinship terminology, a cousin is a relative with whom a person shares one or more common ancestors (other than a parent, child, ancestor, descendant, sibling, descendant/child of a sibling, or sibling of an ancestor/parent). However in common parlance, 'cousin' normally specifically means 'first cousin'.Systems of 'degrees' and 'removals' are used in the English-speaking world to describe the exact relationship between two cousins (in the broad sense) and the ancestor they have in common.

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