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1. Anthropology The custom of marrying outside the tribe, family, clan, or other social unit.
2. Biology The fusion of gametes from individuals that are not closely related, as in outbreeding.

ex·og′a·mous (ĕk-sŏg′ə-məs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exogamous - characterized by or fit for fertilization by a flower that is not closely related
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
autogamic, autogamous - characterized by or fit for autogamy
endogamic, endogamous - characterized by or fit for fertilization by pollen from another flower of the same kind
2.exogamous - pertaining to or characterized by the custom of marrying only outside the limits of a clan or tribe
anthropology - the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
outbred - bred of parents not closely related; having parents of different classes or tribes
endogamic, endogamous - pertaining to or characterized by the custom of marrying only within the limits of a clan or tribe
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Finally, the age at first marriage--available in 1941 only--did not prove to have a significant impact on probabilities of intermarriage: women who needed explicit parental consent to marry were no less likely to marry exogamously.
This choice of lens really does reveal just how much of Victorian fiction is concerned with the maintenance of kinship structures and why so many fictional heiresses end by marrying endogamously-to their cousins-rather than exogamously, with the consequence that their inheritance would leave the clan.
(2002) argue that three factors, which they conceptualize as comprising "family situation" and "community contexts," have the greatest influence on the probability of a person being monolingual or bilingual: 1) whether the parents of the person are married exogamously or endogamously; 2) whether other adults or relatives present in the home speak the child's native language or another language; and 3) the child's parents' average level of educational attainment (p.
A dim view was taken of those who married outside their parish--that is, exogamously. Xenophobia and entitlements played here, too.
In Wolf 's tribe, as one of the rites of passage into manhood, young men capture women exogamously in the classic McLennan manner.