- Anthropology. of or relating to the authority exercised by a father or a father's blood relatives.
Origin of patripotestal
1905–10; patri- + potestal
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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.