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
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
As they understood it, the pater familis had absolute power over his children and other agnatic descendants.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
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.Ancient Society | Lewis Henry Morgan
It shows that property was hereditary in the gens, but restricted to the agnatic kindred in the female line.Ancient Society | Lewis Henry Morgan
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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