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family

Traditionally, people who are related by blood or marriage. The term can mean many different things depending on the circumstances. Most statutes have a section devoted to “definitions” that will tell you the intended definition of words used in the law. For example, the concept of what constitutes a family may be important in zoning cases for single-family housing or apartment restrictions against non-family members living in the apartment with the tenant.

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Bradshaw's analysis of dysfunctional family dynamics actually says a lot of things feminists and leftists have been saying for twenty years.
As with so many factors related to alcoholism, the obvious and logical cannot be taken for granted because of the dysfunctional thinking that grows out of the dysfunctional family system.
This is a hallmark of a dysfunctional family - finger pointing becomes more important than solving problems.
In addition, CBS pulled the promising sitcom ``Out of Practice,'' which had Paula Marshall portraying the lesbian daughter in an upscale dysfunctional family, after one season.
Obviously keen on both frying pans and fire, she's gone from playing a member of one dysfunctional family - Fiona Gallagher in Shameless - to playing a member of perhaps the most dysfunctional family of all time (The Virgin Queen, BBC1, Sunday).
David Burkett and his sister Cynthia grow up in a wealthy but highly dysfunctional family living on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Jen says she got her sense of humour growing up in a dysfunctional family .
Kill Road is the story of a dysfunctional family that runs into a raccoon while out for a drive.
After all, who in her dysfunctional family can carry the responsibility of Monarchy without the baggage of scandal?
The 18-year-old daughter of America's most famous dysfunctional family pulled out of last night's NME Awards in London because she's afraid of a terrorist attack on Britain.
In Fifth Born, Zelda Lockhart explores the dynamics of emotional, physical and sexual abuse through the experiences of Odessa, who struggles to find a safe place within her large and nightmarishly dysfunctional family.
They promote dysfunctional family life at its worst just to keep the ratings up.