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1. Related by blood; having a common ancestor.
2. Related in origin, as certain words in genetically related languages descended from the same ancestral root; for example, English name and Latin nōmen from Indo-European *nō̆-men-.
3. Related or analogous in nature, character, or function.
1. One related by blood or origin with another, especially a person sharing an ancestor with another.
2. A word related to one in another language.
3. A sequence of university courses taken as an adjunct to a graduate degree program: earned an MA in linguistics with a cognate in computer science.

[Latin cognātus : co-, co- + gnātus, born, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

cog·na′tion n.


(kɒgˈneɪ ʃən)

cognate relationship.


relationship through female descent. Cf. agnation. — cognate, adj.
See also: Relationship
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cognation - line of descent traced through the maternal side of the familycognation - line of descent traced through the maternal side of the family
unilateral descent - line of descent traced through one side of the family
2.cognation - (anthropology) related by blood
anthropology - the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
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