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[ag-neyt] /ˈæg neɪt/
a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males.
any male relation on the father's side.
related or akin through males or on the father's side.
allied or akin.
Origin of agnate
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
[ag-nat-ik] /ægˈnæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
agnatical, adjective
agnatically, adverb
[ag-ney-shuh n] /ægˈneɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • If there were no children, then the inheritance passed to the agnatic kindred, and in default of the latter, to the gentiles.

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

    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
  • 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
  • This practical limitation of the inheritance to the nearest gentile kin discloses the germ of agnatic inheritance.

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

    The Iowa William Harvey Miner
  • Here again it will be convenient to employ the Roman terms, agnatic and Cognatic relationship.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • The former case offends against the principle of agnatic organisation, the latter against the cognatic.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • It shows that property was hereditary in the gens, but restricted to the agnatic kindred in the female line.

    Ancient Society Lewis Henry Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for agnatic


related by descent from a common male ancestor
related in any way; cognate
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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