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lineal

[lin-ee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. being in the direct line, as a descendant or ancestor, or in a direct line, as descent or succession.
  2. of or transmitted by lineal descent.
  3. linear.
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Origin of lineal

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word līneālis. See line1, -al1
Related formslin·e·al·ly, adverbmul·ti·lin·e·al, adjectivenon·lin·e·al, adjectiveun·lin·e·al, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Calvin Coolidge


British Dictionary definitions for unlineal

lineal

adjective
  1. being in a direct line of descent from an ancestor
  2. of, involving, or derived from direct descent
  3. a less common word for linear
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Derived Formslineally, adverb

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Late Latin līneālis, from Latin līnea line 1
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Word Origin and History for unlineal

lineal

adj.

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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