Meaning of nepotism

nep•o•tism

Pronunciation: (nep'u-tiz"um), [key]
— n.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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