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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.
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1. (Sociology) sociol anthropol the custom or an act of marrying a person belonging to another tribe, clan, or similar social unit. Compare endogamy
2. (Genetics) biology fusion of gametes from parents that are not closely related
exogamous, exogamic adj
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(ɛkˈsɒg ə mi)

1. marriage outside a specific tribe or similar social unit. Compare endogamy.
2. the union of gametes from parental organisms that are not closely related.
ex•og′a•mous, ex`o•gam′ic (-səˈgæm ɪk) adj.
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the practice of marrying only outside one’s tribe or similar social unit. — exogamic, exogamous, adj.
See also: Marriage
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exogamy - marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock, union - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
endogamy, inmarriage, intermarriage - marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law
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She covers Griselda: from ambiguoius fictive character to the embodiment of various ideals, the socio-political implications of social exogamy, and the state-as-household metaphor and tyranny in the patient Griselda myth: between political criticism and literary convention as propaganda.
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Others are; kutengeserana (economic cooperation), chipari chematunhu akasiyana (extended matrimonial alliances), chipari (polygyny), inter-clan marriage (exogamy), kupika (oath-taking) and kupira (sacrifices).
For Nguni people, clan exogamy rules and the principle of patrilocality would have rendered exclusive occupation of an area impossible, as every married woman would have had to be part of a clan other than that of her husband.
Although the francophone community in New Brunswick holds equal status to the anglophone community under the law, it still faces assimilation, exogamy (francophone/ non-francophone couples), and other sociolinguistic factors similar to other minority communities in Canada (Bernard, 1997; Landry & Rousselle, 2003; Leblanc, 2009).
So although there is a clear condemnation of exogamy or "out-marriage," there is also a very blurry line as to what constitutes "out-marriage."
Landed groups of this kind generally have characteristics that are rooted in, if hardly identical to, past practice --for example, descent group exogamy, expansive recognition of collateral relatives, distinctive classificatory use of kin terms, and gendered authority exercised by respected family elders (Sutton 2003:226-227).
Rather than cautioning that exogamy may signal the demise of the Jewish people, Wolf's novel pushes for acceptance of intermarriage as a barometer of social equality and a testament to the sacredness of love between soul mates.
Alexander Schunka focuses on "cross-confessional dynastic marriages" around 1700, exploring how religious exogamy affected irenic hopes for theological reconciliation and political alliances between the Anglican, Lutheran, and Calvinist royal houses in London, Hanover, and Berlin, respectively (134).