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matripotestal

[ma-tree-poh-tes-tl, mey-]
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adjective Anthropology.
  1. of or relating to the authority exercised by a mother or a mother's blood relatives.
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Origin of matripotestal

matri- + potestal < Latin potest(ās) power + -al1
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  • This is known as the matripotestal, as contrasted with the patripotestal, type of family.

    Anthropology

    Robert Marett

  • For our present purpose, all turns on the distinction between the matripotestal and the patripotestal family.

    Anthropology

    Robert Marett