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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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Examples from the Web for agnatic

Historical Examples of agnatic

  • The most elementary of these groups is the maegth, the association of agnatic and cognatic relations.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1


  • A woman by her marriage forfeited her agnatic rights, to which rule there was no exception.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan

  • Agnatic inheritance would be apt to assert itself in this condition of things.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan

  • The gens is to be found in Greek and Roman history, where it is known as the agnatic kindred.

    The Iowa

    William Harvey Miner

  • The importance they attached to the agnatic family is largely explained by their ideas of the future life.

    The Private Life of the Romans

    Harold Whetstone Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for agnatic


  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 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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