avuncular
[ uh-vuhng-kyuh-ler ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid 19th century; Latin from Latin avunculus ‘maternal uncle’, diminutive of avus ‘grandfather’
Synonyms
    1.
  • unavailable
    2.
  • counseling
  • helping
  • advising
  • consultive
  • recommending
Antonyms
    1.
  • unavailable
    2.
  • discourage
  • neglect
Definition
1. of or relating to an uncle
2. acting like an uncle, as in being kind, patient, generous, etc., especially to younger people
Examples
1. Jack was filled with avuncular pride when he held his new niece for the first time.
2. All of the employees felt they could speak candidly with Joe, the avuncular CEO.
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