family unit

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: unit - primary social groupfamily unit - primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
kin group, kindred, kinship group, clan, kin, tribe - group of people related by blood or marriage
mates, couple, match - a pair of people who live together; "a married couple from Chicago"
man and wife, married couple, marriage - two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"
child, kid - a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age; "they had three children"; "they were able to send their kids to college"
parent - a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian
sib, sibling - a person's brother or sister
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The family unit, as you put it, is evolving, not being destroyed.
A full investigation has been demanded into how a family unit failed to notice a baby had 21 rib fractures and broken knees.
Anyone who has got children realises the importance of that family unit and the stability that it brings.
The pair is seen almost daily as a family unit in the romantic Italian city, where Jolie is filming "The Tourist" with Johnny Depp.
Many of these problems were around fewer than 60 years ago (and far more severe than they are today) but at the heart of society lay the fabric of the family unit which provided some sense of moral guidance over decent behaviour.
Visitors to each family unit are greeted by a "front porch" area, then welcomed into a living room with a hearth and entertainment center, and are delighted to find wide circulation areas, in lieu of corridors, with social space--alcoves adjacent to most bedrooms.
Christy firmly believes in the importance of dining as a family because it strengthens the family unit.
As children, they shared common bonds: a privileged life with membership in high society as well as a strong family unit run by a matriarch who commanded that its name remain untarnished, no matter its guarded secrets.
The family unit, and Canada as a whole, can ill afford to squander what may be the last opportunity to overturn the same-sex "marriage" travesty foisted on this nation by the former Liberal government and its accomplices in the homosexual and left-liberal communities.
318(a)(1), the brothers are both members of the same family unit that includes their parents and grandparents.
And with a growing divorce rate, many children are a part of two or more families and receive toys from each family unit.
Karen Thomas blamed the woman for the breakdown of her family unit, Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard.