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in-law

[in-law] /ˈɪnˌlɔ/
noun
1.
a relative by marriage.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; back formation from mother-in-law, brother-in-law, etc.

inlaw

[in-law, in-law] /ɪnˈlɔ, ˈɪnˌlɔ/
verb (used with object), Law.
1.
to restore (an outlaw) to the benefits and protection of the law.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English inlawen, Old English inlagian. See in-1, law
Related forms
inlawry, noun
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Examples for inlaws
  • His family was split, with his inlaws siding against him in public dispute.
British Dictionary definitions for inlaws

in-law

noun
1.
a relative by marriage
adjective
2.
(postpositive; in combination) related by marriage a father-in-law
Word Origin
C19: back formation from father-in-law, etc
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Word Origin and History for inlaws

in-law

n.

1894, "anyone of a relationship not natural," abstracted from father-in-law, etc.

The position of the 'in-laws' (a happy phrase which is attributed ... to her Majesty, than whom no one can be better acquainted with the article) is often not very apt to promote happiness. ["Blackwood's Magazine," 1894]
The earliest recorded use of the phrase is in brother-in-law (13c.); the law is Canon Law, which defines degrees of relationship within which marriage is prohibited.

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