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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a clan.
2. Inclined to cling together as a group and exclude outsiders.

clan′nish·ly adv.
clan′nish·ness n.
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Adv.1.clannishly - in a clannish manner; "these four friends always act clannishly, and don't let us participate in their activities"
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If we believed half of the things our admirers and critics say about us--that we control world markets, that we have all the Nobel laureates, that we clannishly stick together to protect our interests--it would certainly create room for arrogance.
One reason political life in Pakistan is so clannishly conspiratorial, resembling the plot of the "Godfather," is that in the 1990s over 60 percent of Pakistani marriages were between first or second cousins.
At lunch time and during breaks such cliques tend to clannishly exclude outsiders.