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[kuhz-uh n-lee] /ˈkʌz ən li/
like or befitting a cousin.
Origin of cousinly
1805-15; cousin + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In their boyhood and earlier adolescence, Pierre and Glen had cherished a much more than cousinly attachment.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • And everybody knows that there is nothing worse than a cousinly quarrel.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • But there was no indication of reluctance to cousinly recognition.

  • Still, I could leave it once in a while to make a cousinly call.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • For the cousinly affection of two years ago, had in both of them merged into deep intense love, which ended only with their lives.

    Peak's Island Ford Paul
  • "I do not think it is quite kind and cousinly," she said, rather seriously.

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • We feel almost encouraged, like Luther, to "sin boldly" when the absolving fingers brush lightly over our cousinly hair.

  • Altogether, their conversation got very close and affectionate and cousinly.

  • I am here (with great gallantry) to express the—er—yearnings of cousinly affection.

  • On the other hand the Yankees have for the Jews a cousinly feeling.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross

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