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


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

Origin of patripotestal

1905–10; patri- + potestal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for patripotestal

Historical Examples of patripotestal

  • This is known as the matripotestal, as contrasted with the patripotestal, type of family.


    Robert Marett

  • For our present purpose, all turns on the distinction between the matripotestal and the patripotestal family.


    Robert Marett