tribal

[ trahy-buhl ]
/ ˈtraɪ bəl /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of a tribe: tribal customs in Indonesia.
designating, characterized by, or relating to a strong sense of loyalty to one’s own tribe, party, or group: Tribal politics can be divisive and counterproductive.

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Origin of tribal

First recorded in 1625–35; tribe + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM tribal

trib·al·ly, adverbnon·trib·al, adjectivequasi-tribal, adjectivesub·trib·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tribal

tribal
/ (ˈtraɪbəl) /

adjective

of or denoting a tribe or tribestribal chiefs in northern Yemen
displaying loyalty to a tribe, group, or tribal valuesthe tribal loyalties of Labour MPs

Derived forms of tribal

tribally, adverb
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