[pa-truh-lin-ee-uhl, pey-]
inheriting or determining descent through the male line.
Compare matrilineal.

1900–05; patri- + lineal

patrilineally, adverb Unabridged
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patrilineal or patrilinear (ˌpætrɪˈlɪnɪəl)
tracing descent, kinship, or title through the male line
patrilinear or patrilinear
patri'lineally or patrilinear
patri'linearly or patrilinear

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Medical Dictionary

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

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Cultural Dictionary
patrilineal [(pat-ruh-lin-ee-uhl)]

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

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Example sentences
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.
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