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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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