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family of orientation

Definition of Family of Orientation

(noun) The family an individual is born into or grows up in.

Examples of Family of Orientation

Note: The biological parents and brother of Quinn and the adoptive parents of Harley, are their families of orientation.

Family of Orientation Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: fam·i·ly of o·ri·en·ta·tion

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /fAm-lee uhv or-ee-uhn-tAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /fAm-uh-lee UHv or-iuhn-tAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈfæməli ʌv ˌɔriɛnˈteɪʃən/
  • British English – /ˈfæmɪli ɒv ˌɔːriɛnˈteɪʃən/

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Strong, Bryan, Christine DeVault, and Theodore F. Cohen. 2011. The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society. 11th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning.

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Cite the Definition of Family of Orientation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “family of orientation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/family-of-orientation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

family of orientation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/family-of-orientation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “family of orientation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/family-of-orientation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“family of orientation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/family-of-orientation/>.