Adjective "nepotism" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.
  1. 'Society itself has made them a prey to illegal gratification, favouritism, nepotism etc.'
  2. 'Bureaucratic procedures should also be relaxed in order to minimize the cost of corruption, collusion and nepotism.'
  3. 'Corruption, collusion and nepotism are currently worse than ever.'
  4. 'There are now approximately 7,000 members of the royal family and among them, nepotism is rife.'
  5. 'Such nepotism is common among post-Soviet central Asian leaders.'
  6. 'Today volunteerism had been diluted by caste, religion and nepotism.'
  7. 'When will the media act against nepotism within the industry?'
  8. 'Reregistration is necessary to avoid corruption, collusion or nepotism among civil servants.'
  9. 'Those at the top indulged in nepotism, power politics and failed to give the Church a lead.'
  10. 'It would also widen the practice of corruption, collusion and nepotism, he said.'

More definitions

1. patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics: She was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm.

More examples(as adjective)

"secretaries can be nepotism."

"scandles can be nepotism."

"recentlies can be nepotism."

"malpractices can be nepotism."


Mid 17th century: from French népotisme, from Italian nepotismo, from nipote ‘nephew’ (with reference to privileges bestowed on the ‘nephews’ of popes, who were in many cases their illegitimate sons).