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asymmetrical exchange

Definition of Asymmetrical Exchange

(noun) A marriage system in which the males from one group cannot marry the females of second group and must marry the females from a third group.

Asymmetrical Exchange Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: a·sym·met·ri·cal ex·change

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /ay-suh-mEt-ri-kuhl iks-chAYnj/
  • British English – /ay-si-mE-tri-kuhl iks-chAYnj/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌeɪsəˈmɛtrɪkəl ɪksˈʧeɪnʤ/
  • British English – /ˌæsɪˈmɛtrɪkəl ɪksˈʧeɪnʤ/

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Cite the Definition of Asymmetrical Exchange

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “asymmetrical exchange.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 22, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/asymmetrical-exchange/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

asymmetrical exchange. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/asymmetrical-exchange/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “asymmetrical exchange.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 22, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/asymmetrical-exchange/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“asymmetrical exchange.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Oct. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/asymmetrical-exchange/>.