(noun) The practice of marrying outside a specific group such as a clan or tribe, as determined by choice, custom, or law.
Example: The incest taboo.
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- Exogamy is the opposite of endogamy. Exogamy is marrying outside of your social group and endogamy is marrying inside your social group.
- Type: intercultural marriage
- Exogamy used in a sentence: Many societies and cultures practice exogamy to protect against inbreeding.
- An (noun) exogamist (adverb) exogmatically marries outside their group to create an (adjective) exogamic (adjective) or exogamous relationship.
- Coltrane, Scott. 2004. Families and Society: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.
- Leeuwen, Marco H. D. van, Ineke Maas, and Andrew Miles. 2005. Marriage Choices and Class Boundaries: Social Endogamy in History. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.