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Word List: Tier 1

Term: Tribe



Related Terms

  • N/A

Usage Context


Use with caution. Do not use to refer to a group formed to accomplish a task.

Recommended Replacements

  • Squad of squads
  • Team

Unsuitable Replacements

  • None


“Tribe” is a term that can be associated with colonialism or can be considered cultural appropriation. The word has a history of being used to describe division along ethnic or racial lines. As such, choose other words to describe groups of people.

Term Status


Supporting Content

Recommendation from the IBM Inclusive IT Language Initiative Words Matter working group