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agnate

[ag-neyt] /ˈæg neɪt/
noun
1.
a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males.
2.
any male relation on the father's side.
adjective
3.
related or akin through males or on the father's side.
4.
allied or akin.
Origin of agnate
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin agnātus paternal kinsman, variant of ad(g)nātus born to (past participle of adgnāscī), equivalent to ad- ad- + -gnā be born + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
agnatic
[ag-nat-ik] /ægˈnæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
agnatical, adjective
agnatically, adverb
agnation
[ag-ney-shuh n] /ægˈneɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Historical Examples
  • The most elementary of these groups is the maegth, the association of agnatic and cognatic relations.

  • A woman by her marriage forfeited her agnatic rights, to which rule there was no exception.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
  • agnatic inheritance would be apt to assert itself in this condition of things.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
  • The gens is to be found in Greek and Roman history, where it is known as the agnatic kindred.

    The Iowa William Harvey Miner
  • The importance they attached to the agnatic family is largely explained by their ideas of the future life.

    The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • As they understood it, the pater familis had absolute power over his children and other agnatic descendants.

    The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • Here again it will be convenient to employ the Roman terms, agnatic and Cognatic relationship.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • This practical limitation of the inheritance to the nearest gentile kin discloses the germ of agnatic inheritance.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
  • It shows that property was hereditary in the gens, but restricted to the agnatic kindred in the female line.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
  • Whether the wife forfeited her agnatic rights by her marriage, as among the Romans, I am unable to state.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for agnatic

agnate

/ˈæɡneɪt/
adjective
1.
related by descent from a common male ancestor
2.
related in any way; cognate
noun
3.
a male or female descendant by male links from a common male ancestor
Derived Forms
agnatic (æɡˈnætɪk) adjective
agnation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin agnātus born in addition, added by birth, from agnāsci, from ad- in addition + gnāsci to be born
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