as·​sor·​ta·​tive | \ ə-ˈsȯr-tə-tiv How to pronounce assortative (audio) \

Definition of assortative

: being nonrandom mating based on like or unlike characteristics

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assortatively \ ə-​ˈsȯr-​tə-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce assortatively (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web What all this amounts to is, in essence, a supercharged version of an existing process known as assortative mating. The Economist, "A new type of genetic profiling promises cleverer, better-looking children.," 9 Nov. 2019 Thus Facebook is remaking the old world that was governed by social ties, probably reducing any benefits that may have come with less assortative coupling through online dating. The Economist, "Facebook has unleashed a new dating service," 12 Sep. 2019 Evidence suggests assortative mating is more common, meaning men with money and education now tend to marry women who have those qualities too. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "The shortage of single, urban men is finally coming to an end," 23 July 2019 That high level of assortative mating was massively inflating the heritability estimate. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Genetics play less of a role in lifespan than we thought," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of assortative

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Assortative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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as·​sor·​ta·​tive | \ ə-ˈsȯrt-ət-iv How to pronounce assortative (audio) \

Medical Definition of assortative

: being nonrandom mating based on like or unlike characteristics

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