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patrilineal

[pa-truh-lin-ee-uh l, pey-] /ˌpæ trəˈlɪn i əl, ˌpeɪ-/
adjective
1.
inheriting or determining descent through the male line.
Compare matrilineal.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; patri- + lineal
Related forms
patrilineally, adverb
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Examples from the web for patrilineal
  • Zimbabweans practice patrilineal inheritance patterns and patrilocal residence after marriage.
  • Sometime before the development of writing, the shift took place from matrilineal to patrilineal societies, then to patriarchy.
  • Both weaverbirds and humans live in extended, patrilineal, patrilocal family groupings.
  • Conservatism thus rejects patrilineal descent, which is accepted by the reform movement.
British Dictionary definitions for patrilineal

patrilineal

/ˌpætrɪˈlɪnɪəl/
adjective
1.
tracing descent, kinship, or title through the male line
Derived Forms
patrilineally, patrilinearly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for patrilineal
adj.

1904, from patri- + lineal.

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patrilineal in Medicine

patrilineal pat·ri·lin·e·al (pāt'rə-lĭn'ē-əl)
adj.
Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the paternal line.

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patrilineal in Culture
patrilineal [(pat-ruh-lin-ee-uhl)]

Tracing kinship and descent through the male line. (Compare matrilineal.)

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