[pa-truh-lin-ee-uh l, pey-]
- inheriting or determining descent through the male line.
Origin of patrilineal
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One easy answer lies in the patrilineal history of LEGO itself.Why It Took LEGO So Long to Get the Memo: Girls Like Science, Too
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Back in 1983, Reform Judaism recognized the Jewish identity of children of “patrilineal descent.”
Sadly, his proposal was spurned and the “patrilineal” experiment failed.
It would make no difference whether descent were patrilineal or matrilineal.Kinship and Social Organisation
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The former are patrilineal and the latter are grouped into matrilineal exogamic totemic clans.
They were organised in many exogamous clans; descent was patrilineal although it was matrilineal in most Algonquian tribes.
With patrilineal descent they tend to occupy the tribal territory in such a way that each phratry becomes a local group.
At the present day the kinship may be matrilineal or patrilineal without affecting their right.
- tracing descent, kinship, or title through the male line
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Word Origin and History for patrilineal
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- Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the paternal line.
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