Definition of lineal in English:


Syllabification: lin·e·al
Pronunciation: /ˈlinēəl


  • 1In a direct line of descent or ancestry: a lineal descendant
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    • According to the Pechanga constitution, full membership requires proof of lineal descent from an original Pechanga member and a family line contained in the official enrolment book.
    • Primacy is given to male lineal descendants in the male line of descent and women come very low in the order of heirs.
    • In 1270 it was replaced by the Solomonic dynasty claiming lineal descent from Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, bringing the Amharas from the mountains of central Ethiopia to prominence.
  • 2Of, relating to, or consisting of lines; linear.
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    • The emerging city form for both Thimphu and Paro is lineal, following river valleys, consuming some of the richest farmlands as they expand.
    • In his view, it was appropriate to use the number of test openings that he used, notwithstanding that they exposed only 1% of the lineal perimeter.
    • I know that in Liverpool in the late nineteenth century around 0.5 per cent of the entire lineal quayage was unusable because it was covered in rubbish: the lad did not know that.



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  • This Anglo-Israelite or British-Israelite movement believed that the Anglo-Saxon race were lineally descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, and they were God's chosen people, not the tribe of ‘treacherous’ Judah.
  • Ancestor worship is strong among lineally organized groups.
  • All one hundred or so were lineally or affinally related to each other.


late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin linealis, from linea 'a line' (see line1).

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