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descent group

Definition of Descent Group

(noun) A group in which all members share a common ancestor.

Examples of Descent Group

Descent Group Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: de·scent group

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /di-sEnt grOOp/
  • British English – /di-sEnt grOOp/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /dɪˈsɛnt grup/
  • British English – /dɪˈsɛnt gruːp/

Usage Note

  • Plural: descent groups

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Cite the Definition of Descent Group

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “descent group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 6, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/descent-group/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “descent group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 6, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/descent-group/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“descent group.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 6 Jun. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/descent-group/>.