patripotestal

[ pa-truh-poh-tes-tl, pey- ]
/ ˌpæ trə poʊˈtɛs tl, ˌpeɪ- /

adjective

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

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Origin of patripotestal

1905–10; patri- + potestal
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Example sentences from the Web for patripotestal

  • 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