immediate family

  

Definition

Someone’s spouse, parents and grandparents, children and grand children, brothers and sisters, mother in law and father in law, brothers in law and sisters in law, daughters in law and sons in law. Adopted, half, and step members are also included in immediate family. See also first degree relative.

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  • At a family reunion, my immediate family are the only people that I recognize, even though I'm related to everyone else too.

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  • It is usually best not to do business with immediate family, blood and money do not mix well as some say.

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  • Only the immediate family was invited to the funeral because his body was extremely charred and we didn't want the public to see him this way, and he would want to be remembered as the vibrant, handsome young man he was.

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