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lineal

[ lin-ee-uh l ]
/ ˈlɪn i əl /
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adjective

being in the direct line, as a descendant or ancestor, or in a direct line, as descent or succession.
of or transmitted by lineal descent.

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Nearby words

line-up, linea, linea alba, linea nigra, lineage, lineal, lineally, lineament, linear, linear a, linear accelerator

Origin of lineal

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word līneālis. See line1, -al1
Related formslin·e·al·ly, adverbmul·ti·lin·e·al, adjectivenon·lin·e·al, adjectiveun·lin·e·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lineal

lineal

/ (ˈlɪnɪəl) /

adjective

being in a direct line of descent from an ancestor
of, involving, or derived from direct descent
a less common word for linear
Derived Formslineally, adverb

Word Origin for lineal

C14: via Old French from Late Latin līneālis, from Latin līnea line 1
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Word Origin and History for lineal

lineal


adj.

late 14c., from Old French lineal (14c.), from Late Latin linealis "pertaining to a line," from linea (see line (n.)). Related: Lineally.

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