- to cause to lose tribal allegiances and customs, chiefly through contact with another culture.
Also especially British, de·trib·al·ise.
Origin of detribalize
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- to cause members of a tribe to lose their characteristic customs or social, religious, or other organizational features
- to cause tribal people to adopt urban ways of life
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