assortative

adjective
as·​sor·​ta·​tive | \ə-ˈsȯr-tə-tiv \

Definition of assortative 

: being nonrandom mating based on like or unlike characteristics

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assortatively \-​lē \ adverb

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The Atlantic piece takes a more sociological approach, looking at assortative mating, geographical self-sorting, and educational legacy and privilege. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Net Neutrality, Japanese Tariffs, Tencent Results: CEO Daily for May 17, 2018," 17 May 2018 For centuries, royal weddings have been exercises in assortative mating, in which young people are matched, for the good of the line, with partners who are much like themselves. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Royal Romance," 11 May 2018 Less clear, however, is whether or not assortative mating is on the rise. The Economist, "Assortative matingMarital choices are exacerbating household income inequality," 21 Sep. 2017 The growing trend of assortative mating demands affluent women marry men like themselves, with equal education and earnings potential, and all the bells and whistles that come with class privilege. Rich Benjamin, Esquire, "The Disheartening Politics of Marriage," 13 Sep. 2017 The latest iteration of the debate comes in a recent paper by Pierre-André Chiappori and Bernard Salanié, of Columbia University, and Yoram Weiss, of Tel Aviv University, which argues that assortative mating is indeed growing. The Economist, "Assortative matingMarital choices are exacerbating household income inequality," 21 Sep. 2017 Why assortative mating has increased since the '60s is not a mystery. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Once and For All: Women Aren't Obligated to Date Men They Don't Like," 21 Sep. 2017 These changes have been driven by women’s increasing education and labor force participation, new gender roles, and the rise of what social scientists call assortative mating. Claire Cain Miller And Quoctrung Bui, New York Times, "Equality in Marriages Grows, and So Does Class Divide," 27 Feb. 2016 Assortative mating is the idea that people marry people like themselves, with similar education and earnings potential and the values and lifestyle that come with them. Claire Cain Miller And Quoctrung Bui, New York Times, "Equality in Marriages Grows, and So Does Class Divide," 27 Feb. 2016

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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assortative

adjective
as·​sor·​ta·​tive | \ə-ˈsȯrt-ət-iv \

Medical Definition of assortative 

: being nonrandom mating based on like or unlike characteristics

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