Definition of patrilineal in English:

patrilineal

Line breaks: patri|lin¦eal
Pronunciation: /ˌpatrɪˈlɪnɪəl
 
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adjective

Relating to or based on relationship to the father or descent through the male line: in Polynesia inheritance of land was predominantly patrilineal
More example sentences
  • Polygyny is prevalent and even in groups without traditional patrilineal descent, Islam has strengthened male control of women.
  • Because women marry into a patrilineal descent system, the children belong to the father.
  • Why the change occurred is not 100% clear, but is likely a result of the traumas of exile, when many Jewish women were raped, and a patrilineal descent rule would have been a disaster.

Origin

early 20th century: from Latin pater, patr- 'father' + lineal.

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