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 for affiliation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Affiliation \Af*fil`i*a"tion\, n. [F. affiliation, LL.
     1. Adoption; association or reception as a member in or of
        the same family or society.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Law) The establishment or ascertaining of parentage; the
        assignment of a child, as a bastard, to its father;
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Connection in the way of descent. --H. Spencer.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a social or business relationship; "a valuable financial
           affiliation"; "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with
           other members of the team"; "many close associations with
           England" [syn: affiliation, association, tie, tie-
      2: the act of becoming formally connected or joined; "welcomed
         the affiliation of the research center with the university"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  216 Moby Thesaurus words for "affiliation":
     Americanization, Anschluss, acceptance, accord, acculturation,
     addition, adjunct, admission, adoption, affairs, affinity,
     agglomeration, aggregation, agnation, agreement, alignment,
     alliance, amalgamation, ancestry, apparentation, approximation,
     assemblage, assimilation, association, birth, blend, blending,
     blood, blood relationship, bloodline, body, bond, branch, breed,
     brotherhood, brothership, cabal, cahoots, cartel, centralization,
     church, citizenship by naturalization, citizenship papers,
     closeness, coadunation, coalescence, coalition, cognation,
     colleagueship, collegialism, collegiality, combination, combine,
     combo, common ancestry, common descent, communion, community,
     companionship, company, composition, comradeship, confederacy,
     confederation, confraternity, congeries, conglomeration,
     conjugation, conjunction, connectedness, connection, consanguinity,
     consociation, consolidation, conspiracy, contiguity, contrariety,
     cooperation, copartnership, copartnery, cousinhood, cousinship,
     culture shock, dealings, deduction, denomination, derivation,
     descent, direct line, disjunction, distaff side, division,
     ecumenism, embodiment, embracement, enation, encompassment, enosis,
     espousal, extraction, faction, family, fatherhood, federalization,
     federation, fellowship, female line, filiation, fraternalism,
     fraternity, fraternization, freemasonry, fusion, group, homology,
     hookup, house, inclusion, incorporation, integration, intercourse,
     intimacy, junction, junta, kindred, kinship, league, liaison, line,
     line of descent, lineage, link, linkage, linking, male line,
     marriage, maternity, matrilineage, matriliny, matrisib, matrocliny,
     meld, melding, membership, merger, motherhood, mutual attraction,
     nationalization, naturalization, naturalized citizenship, nearness,
     offshoot, order, organization, package, package deal, papers,
     partaking, participation, partnership, party, paternity,
     patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, persuasion, phylum,
     propinquity, proximity, race, rapport, relatedness, relation,
     relations, relationship, religious order, schism, school, sect,
     sectarism, seed, segment, sept, sharing, sibship, side, similarity,
     sisterhood, sistership, society, sodality, solidification,
     sorority, spear side, spindle side, stem, stirps, stock, strain,
     succession, sword side, sympathy, syncretism, syndication,
     syneresis, synthesis, tie, tie-in, tie-up, ties of blood,
     unification, union, variety, version, wedding

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