next of kin

Definitions of "next of kin"
  1. The closest living relatives to a specific individual, determined by the degree of blood relationship
  2. The individuals who, under law, are authorized to inherit assets from a person who dies without a will
How to use "next of kin" in a sentence
  1. After the patient became unconscious, the hospital contacted her next of kin.
  2. When there was no will left, the estate was distributed to the next of kin, according to the state law.
  3. The deceased's next of kin were summoned for the reading of the will.

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