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role partner (social role partner)

Definition of Role Partner

(noun) An individual whose role is defined in relation to another individual’s role.

Example of Role Partner

  • The parent role is defined in relation to the child role and the teacher role is defined in relation to the student role.

Role Partner Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: role part·ner

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /roʊl ˈpɑrtnər/
  • British English – /rəʊl ˈpɑːtnə/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: role partners
  • The terms “role partner” and “social role partner” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Variant spelling: role-partner

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Cite the Definition of Role Partner

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role partner.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-partner/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role partner.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-partner/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role partner.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-partner/>.