lineal

[lin-ee-uhl]
adjective
1.
being in the direct line, as a descendant or ancestor, or in a direct line, as descent or succession.
2.
of or transmitted by lineal descent.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin līneālis. See line1, -al1

lineally, adverb
multilineal, adjective
nonlineal, adjective
unlineal, adjective
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lineal (ˈlɪnɪəl)
 
adj
1.  being in a direct line of descent from an ancestor
2.  of, involving, or derived from direct descent
3.  a less common word for linear
 
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin līneālis, from Latin līnealine1]
 
'lineally
 
adv

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lineal
late 14c., from Fr. lineal, from L.L. linealis, from linea (see line (n.)).
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Example sentences
It is hubris to expect the world to remain unchanged and accept lineal
  forecasts.
It is possible, of course, that the fossil really did belong to my lineal
  ancestor.
The message of the movie medium is that of transition from lineal connections
  in configurations.
Lineal descendants have standing to claim human remains, funerary objects, and
  sacred objects.
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