Origin of lineal
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What proof that some unlineal hand, some barbarism, without or within, shall not wrench the sceptre of democracy from our grasp?Have faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed.
- being in a direct line of descent from an ancestor
- of, involving, or derived from direct descent
- a less common word for linear
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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