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agnate

[ ag-neyt ]
/ ˈæg neɪt /
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noun

a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males.
any male relation on the father's side.

adjective

related or akin through males or on the father's side.
allied or akin.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM agnate

ag·nat·ic [ag-nat-ik], /ægˈnæt ɪk/, ag·nat·i·cal, adjectiveag·nat·i·cal·ly, adverbag·na·tion [ag-ney-shuhn], /ægˈneɪ ʃən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for agnate

agnate
/ (ˈæɡneɪt) /

adjective

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

noun

a male or female descendant by male links from a common male ancestor

Derived forms of agnate

agnatic (æɡˈnætɪk), adjectiveagnation, noun

Word Origin for agnate

C16: from Latin agnātus born in addition, added by birth, from agnāsci, from ad- in addition + gnāsci to be born
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