the act of affiliating; state of being affiliated or associated.

1745–55; < Medieval Latin affīliātiōn- (stem of affīliātiō adoption); see affiliate, -ion

interaffiliation, noun
nonaffiliation, noun
preaffiliation, noun
reaffiliation, noun
superaffiliation, noun Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

1751, "adoption," from Fr. affiliation, from M.L. affiliationem (nom. affiliatio), from L. affiliatus, pp. of affiliare "to adopt a son," from L. ad- "to" + filius "son" (see filial). Fig. sense of "adoption by a society, of branches" first recorded 1799 (affiliate in this sense is from 1761).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
To determine race and ethnicity, they examined photographs and club
But asking that existing affiliations be disclosed seems entirely fair.
Where businessmen can gain access to credit without having to claim kinship,
  caste affiliations wither.
The pattern and colours denoted affiliations such as school, regiment or
  sporting club.
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