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.
- ag·nat·ic [ag-nat-ik], /ægˈnæt ɪk/, ag·nat·i·cal, adjective
- ag·nat·i·cal·ly, adverb
- ag·na·tion [ag-ney-shuhn], /ægˈneɪ ʃən/, noun
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How to use agnate in a sentence
If a man die intestate, having no natural heirs, his property shall pass to the nearest agnate.The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States | James Hamilton Lewis
Failing an agnate, a member of the gens of the dead man is to inherit.
(a) If a free person is abducted, the fine shall be divided equally between his agnate and cognate heirs and the treasury.Studies in Moro History, Law, and Religion | Najeeb M. Saleeby
The grand duchy, being hereditary only in the male line, passed to the nearest agnate, the duke of Nassau.
A man may not marry the widow of his brother, or of an agnate.Castes and Tribes of Southern India | Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for agnate
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
- agnatic (æɡˈnætɪk), adjective
- agnation, noun
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