- of or relating to the authority exercised by a mother or a mother's blood relatives.
Origin of matripotestal
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This is known as the matripotestal, as contrasted with the patripotestal, type of family.
For our present purpose, all turns on the distinction between the matripotestal and the patripotestal family.