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next of kin

noun
1.
a person's nearest relative or relatives:
The newspaper did not publish the names of casualties until the next of kin had been notified.
2.
Law. the nearest relative or relatives who share in the estate of a person who dies intestate.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70
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next of kin

noun
1.
a person's closest relative or relatives
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