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symmetrical family

Definition of Symmetrical Family

(noun) A family structure in industrial societies in which both spouses work for wages and share domestic labor equally.

Example of Symmetrical Family

Etymology of Symmetrical Family

Symmetrical Family Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sym·met·ri·cal fam·i·ly

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /suh-mEt-ri-kuhl fAm-lee/
  • British English – /si-mE-trik fAm-uh-lee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /səˈmɛtrɪkəl ˈfæməli/
  • British English – /sɪˈmɛtrɪkəl ˈfæmɪli/

Usage Note

  • Plural: symmetrical families

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Works Consulted

Bilton, Tony, Kevin Bonnett, Pip Jones, David Skinner, Michelle Stanworth, and Andrew Webster. 1996. Introductory Sociology. 3rd ed. London: Macmillan.

Cite the Definition of Symmetrical Family

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “symmetrical family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 2, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “symmetrical family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 2, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“symmetrical family.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 2 Apr. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/symmetrical-family/>.