Definition of segmentary in English:



  • See segment

    • ‘In Somali society, the segmentary lineage system allows subdivisions of six or more levels of identity, with migration decisions often taken at the sixth level.’
    • ‘Although political affiliation is fluid and shifts with changing circumstances, segmentary kinship guarantees every individual basic rights in a wider kinship network.’
    • ‘These so-called segmentary systems are organised around a principle of opposition.’
    • ‘Unconstrained by male segmentary politics, their differential affinity blurred lines of emnity, producing the prospect of continuing reconciliation.’
    • ‘The tribal segmentary system thus fosters an ethic of egalitarianism with its expression found in the members of the corporate patrilineal descent groups.’