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[ma-tree-poh-tes-tl, mey-] /ˌmæ tri poʊˈtɛs tl, ˌmeɪ-/
adjective, Anthropology.
of or relating to the authority exercised by a mother or a mother's blood relatives.
Origin of matripotestal
matri- + potestal < Latin potest(ās) power + -al1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is known as the matripotestal, as contrasted with the patripotestal, type of family.

    Anthropology Robert Marett
  • For our present purpose, all turns on the distinction between the matripotestal and the patripotestal family.

    Anthropology Robert Marett

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