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[pa-truh-lin-ee-uh l, pey-]
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  1. inheriting or determining descent through the male line.
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Origin of patrilineal

First recorded in 1900–05; patri- + lineal
Related formspat·ri·lin·e·al·ly, adverb
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Related Words for patrilineal

benevolent, concerned, protective, solicitous, vigilant, patrimonial, patrilineal

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British Dictionary definitions for patrilineal



  1. tracing descent, kinship, or title through the male line
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Derived Formspatrilineally or patrilinearly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for patrilineal


1904, from patri- + lineal.

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patrilineal in Medicine


  1. Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the paternal line.
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patrilineal in Culture



Tracing kinship and descent through the male line. (Compare matrilineal.)

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