Definition of Nonunilineal Descent
(noun) A descent system tracing descent through the father or mother.
Types of Nonunilineal Descent
Nonunilineal Descent Pronunciation
Syllabification: non·u·ni·lin·e·al de·scent
- Plural: nonunilineal descents
- This is a simplified definition of a vast continuum of societal and cultural practices.
- If two people share an ancestor in a nonunilineal descent system they are cognates of each other.
- In contrast to nonunilineal descent, unilineal descent traces an individual’s descent through one sex only, either through the father (patrilineal) or mother (matrilineal).
- Variant spelling: non-unilineal descent
- Also called cognatic descent.
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Cite the Definition of Nonunilineal Descent
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “nonunilineal descent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/nonunilineal-descent/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
nonunilineal descent. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/nonunilineal-descent/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “nonunilineal descent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/nonunilineal-descent/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“nonunilineal descent.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 28 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/nonunilineal-descent/>.