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bilineal descent

Definition of Bilineal Descent

(noun) Tracing an individual’s descent through the father’s male line and the mother’s female line.

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Bilineal Descent Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /bɪˈlɪnɪəl dəˈsɛnt/
      • /bɪˈlɪnɪəl diˈsɛnt/
    • British English
      • /bɪˈlɪnɪəl dᵻˈsɛnt/
  • Syllabification: (bi·lin·e·al de·scent)

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Cite the Definition of Bilineal Descent

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “bilineal descent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 18, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/bilineal-descent/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “bilineal descent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/bilineal-descent/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“bilineal descent.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 18 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/bilineal-descent/>.