- being in the direct line, as a descendant or ancestor, or in a direct line, as descent or succession.
- of or transmitted by lineal descent.
Origin of lineal
Related formslin·e·al·ly, adverbmul·ti·lin·e·al, adjectivenon·lin·e·al, adjectiveun·lin·e·al, adjective
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English
word from Late Latin
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Examples from the Web for unlineal
Historical Examples of unlineal
What proof that some unlineal hand, some barbarism, without or within, shall not wrench the sceptre of democracy from our grasp?
British Dictionary definitions for unlineal
Derived Formslineally, adverb
- being in a direct line of descent from an ancestor
- of, involving, or derived from direct descent
- a less common word for linear
Word Origin for lineal
C14: via Old French from Late Latin līneālis, from Latin līnea line 1
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Word Origin and History for unlineal
late 14c., from Old French lineal (14c.), from Late Latin linealis "pertaining to a line," from linea (see line (n.)). Related: Lineally.
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