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lineal

[lin-ee-uh l] /ˈlɪn i əl/
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.
3.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin līneālis. See line1, -al1
Related forms
lineally, adverb
multilineal, adjective
nonlineal, adjective
unlineal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for multilineal

lineal

/ˈlɪnɪəl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
lineally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Late Latin līneālis, from Latin līnealine1
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Word Origin and History for multilineal
adj.

also multi-lineal, 1800, from multi- + lineal.

lineal

adj.

late 14c., from Old French lineal (14c.), from Late Latin linealis "pertaining to a line," from linea (see line (n.)). Related: Lineally.

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