Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business.
[French népotisme, from Italian nepotismo, from nepote, nephew, from Latin nepōs, nepōt-; see nepōt- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
nep′o·tistic, nep′o·tisti·cal adj.
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