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Origin of agnate
OTHER WORDS FROM agnateag·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
How to use agnate in a sentence
The importance they attached to the agnatic family is largely explained by their ideas of the future life.
As they understood it, the pater familis had absolute power over his children and other agnatic descendants.
The former case offends against the principle of agnatic organisation, the latter against the cognatic.The Heroic Age|H. Munro Chadwick
This practical limitation of the inheritance to the nearest gentile kin discloses the germ of agnatic inheritance.
It shows that property was hereditary in the gens, but restricted to the agnatic kindred in the female line.