(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.

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