[ pa-truh-poh-tes-tl, pey- ]
/ ˌpæ trə poʊˈtɛs tl, ˌpeɪ- /
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
Words nearby patripotestal
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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.
This is known as the matripotestal, as contrasted with the patripotestal, type of family.