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matripotestal

[ ma-tree-poh-tes-tl, mey- ]
/ ˌmæ tri poʊˈtɛs tl, ˌmeɪ- /
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adjective Anthropology.
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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How to use matripotestal in a sentence

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

    Anthropology|Robert Marett
  • This is known as the matripotestal, as contrasted with the patripotestal, type of family.

    Anthropology|Robert Marett
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