[ pa-truh-poh-tes-tl, pey- ]

  1. Anthropology. of or relating to the authority exercised by a father or a father's blood relatives.

Origin of patripotestal

1905–10; patri- + potestal

Words Nearby patripotestal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use patripotestal 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