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  1. a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males.
  2. any male relation on the father's side.
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  1. related or akin through males or on the father's side.
  2. 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
Related formsag·nat·ic [ag-nat-ik] /ægˈnæt ɪk/, ag·nat·i·cal, adjectiveag·nat·i·cal·ly, adverbag·na·tion [ag-ney-shuh n] /ægˈneɪ ʃən/, noun
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Related Words

like, affiliated, allied, related, connate

Examples from the Web for agnate

Historical Examples

  • A man may not marry the widow of his brother, or of an agnate.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • Failing an agnate, a member of the gens of the dead man is to inherit.

  • When the father died, the nearest male of kin, even though declared unqualified as an agnate, came in as guardian.

  • (a) If a free person is abducted, the fine shall be divided equally between his agnate and cognate heirs and the treasury.

  • In Korea, for instance, he can only adopt an agnate and one of a lower generation than his own.

British Dictionary definitions for agnate


  1. related by descent from a common male ancestor
  2. related in any way; cognate
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  1. a male or female descendant by male links from a common male ancestor
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Derived Formsagnatic (æɡˈnætɪk), adjectiveagnation, 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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