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folkways

[ fohk-weyz ]
/ ˈfoʊkˌweɪz /
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plural noun Sociology.
the ways of living, thinking, and acting in a human group, built up without conscious design but serving as compelling guides of conduct.
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Origin of folkways

folk + ways; term introduced in a book of the same title (1907) by W. G. Sumner
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How to use folkways in a sentence

  • Not subscribing to the folkway that prescribes seasick intoxication as an expression of joy, we did the town with discrimination.

  • The same is true of any folkway so long as it is not yet doubted.

    Folkways|William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for folkways

folkways
/ (ˈfəʊkˌweɪz) /

pl n
sociol traditional and customary ways of living
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