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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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Noun1.clannishness - tendency to associate with only a select group
snobbery, snobbishness, snobbism - the trait of condescending to those of lower social status
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Then it was that that clannishness, which was his to so extraordinary a degree, asserted itself.
Irish they claim to be, speaking of the North of Ireland with pride and sneering at their Scottish brothers; yet Scotch they undoubtedly are, transplanted Scotch of long ago, it is true, but none the less Scotch, with a thousand traits, to say nothing of their tricks of speech and woolly utterance, which nothing less than their Scotch clannishness could have preserved to this late day.
It should also be noted that in his press release earlier in January, former President Olusegun Obasanjo complained that the president's inability to enforce discipline among those who were close to him had led to an increase in corruption, nepotism and clannishness, with adverse consequences for governance and service delivery.
There are ways in which Donald Trump is a kind of Dorian Gray's portrait of JFK with the same appetitiveness and clannishness (swap Ivanka for RFK) and personal secrets (tax returns for Trump, medical records for Kennedy), but without the youthful looks and eloquence and a patina of intellectualism and idealism to clean those failings up.
The notion of "dual loyalty" thus involves the notions of clannishness and cosmopolitanism.
I had already written that the era of creating coalitions and Big Brothers is over, and political domination, security clannishness, occupation, and invasion is not going to bring about anything other than insecurity," Aboutalebi wrote.
And he adds: "One of the lovely features of Liverpool is its clannishness and solidarity, and the families have benefited from that.
Hovering next to the press-conference area is a life-size billboard emblazoned with infographic figures telling a story in praise of individualism and competition--the character traits that are most favored by late neoliberalism--and boldly selling this idea to a society famous for its clannishness.
According to Fred Rosenbaum's book, Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jacob Voorsanger, the rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El, said, "We are confronted by an invasion from the East that threatens to undo the work of two generations of American Jews," citing the perceived clannishness of the Eastern Europeans.
The novel left Irwin Edman with a question: Would Arthur Levy turn to embrace "a neo-mystical piety, a social clannishness, [or] a sophisticated revival of a naive Jewish culture?
This project illuminates through its stories the long-standing social traditions in China; the significance of clannishness and family to identity and power but also the nostalgia for familial territory and history that govern political and diplomatic decisions even today, a century later.
Indeed, Palestinians were relatively isolated in the first half of the 20th century due to their clannishness, particularly due to the practice of endogamic marriages (Gonzalez 1992; Amaya 1997).