Definition of Ambilineal Descent
(noun) Tracing an individual’s descent either through the father or mother as chosen by the individual.
Example of Ambilineal Descent
- The people of the Gilbert Islands traditionally practiced ambilineal descent as described by Bernd Lambert (1932) in “Ambilineal Descent Groups in the Northern Gilbert Islands.”
Ambilineal Descent Pronunciation
Syllabification: am·bi·lin·e·al de·scent
- Plural: ambilineal descents
- The decision between tracing descent through the father’s line or mother’s line is often determined based on status or inheritance.
- A type of unilineal descent system.
- Also called ambilineality.
- bilateral descent
- bilineal descent
- descent group
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “ambilineal descent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/ambilineal-descent/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
ambilineal descent. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/ambilineal-descent/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “ambilineal descent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/ambilineal-descent/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“ambilineal descent.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ambilineal-descent/>.