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affinity

1. similarity in structure, form, etc., between different animals, plants, or languages
2. Chem
a. the tendency for two substances to combine; chemical attraction
b. a measure of the tendency of a chemical reaction to take place expressed in terms of the free energy change.
3. Biology a measure of the degree of interaction between two molecules, such as an antigen and antibody or a hormone and its receptor

Affinity

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Astrologers use the term affinity to refer to compatibility between certain planets or signs. It is also used to denote attraction between people whose charts interact harmoniously and magnetically with each other.

affinity

[ə′fin·əd·ē]
(chemistry)
The extent to which a substance or functional group can enter into a chemical reaction with a given agent. Also known as chemical affinity.
(computer science)
A specific relationship between data processing elements that requires one to be used with the other, where a choice might otherwise exist.
(immunology)
The strength of the attractive forces between an antigen and an antibody.
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Christianity and Judaism naturally come out very similar - affinitive as well as dependent upon each other's existential bases - while Islam is analyzed for its polemical stance against them.
Affinitive and submissive behaviors are the simplest examples, more efficient signalers of submission may achieve higher fitness because they can appease dominant individuals who reduce their own aggressiveness responding to the signals they receive.
This rather psychological view was shared by others at the time and is clearly affinitive with that of Descartes.
In its original inception, the Senate was constructed as the body more affinitive with the Federalist fear of pure democracy and a filtering notion of elite representation.
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