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avuncular adj
1 being or relating to an uncle
2 like an uncle in kindness or indulgence; "showed avuncular concern"

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From etyl la avunculus.


  • a UK /əˈvʌŋkjʊlə/, /@"vVN.kjU.l@/
  • a US /əˈvʌŋkjʊlɚ/


  1. In the manner of an uncle, pertaining to an uncle.
    • David Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life
      Both uncle Frank and uncle Stephen Austen had made it a point of principle to be rigorously unsentimental in the discharge of their avuncular obligations.
  2. Hence, kind, genial, benevolent or tolerant.
    • Vicki Croke, "New leader of the MSPCA moves to tame budget woes," Boston Globe, September 20, 2003
      Thornton's reputation was that of a soft-hearted and avuncular veterinarian known for getting teary-eyed while listening to even slightly sentimental stories.
    • William Schneider, "The New Shape of American Politics," The Atlantic, January 1987
      A man with such a nice, avuncular personality would not blow up the world.

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in the manner of an uncle
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