akin

[uh-kin]
adjective
1.
of kin; related by blood (usually used predicatively): cousins who were too closely akin for marriage.
2.
allied by nature; having the same properties: Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
3.
having or showing an affinity; kindred: They are emotionally but not intellectually akin.

Origin:
1580–90; see a-2, kin


2. cognate; similar, analogous, comparable, parallel.
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akin (əˈkɪn)
 
adj
1.  related by blood; of the same kin
2.  (often foll by to) having similar characteristics, properties, etc

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akin
1550s, from phrase of kin; see kin.
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Example sentences
These great, lumbering creatures of the past seem more akin to fantasy than
  fiction.
To post bogus reviews is akin to circulating counterfeit money: it undermines
  the credibility of a useful institution.
These creatures, closely akin to spiders and mites, are survivors.
After all, an interview is not akin to a doctoral defense.
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