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Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business.

[French népotisme, from Italian nepotismo, from nepote, nephew, from Latin nepōs, nepōt-; see nepōt- in Indo-European roots.]

nep′o·tist n.
nep′o·tis′tic, nep′o·tis′ti·cal adj.
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Noun1.nepotist - a powerful person who shows favoritism to relatives or close friends
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
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