from The Century Dictionary.

  • Characterized by or pertaining to descent by the male line of ancestors. See agnate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to descent by the male line of ancestors.

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  • adjective of the male line; patrilineal

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  • adjective related on the father's side


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From the Latin agnatus, a relative on the father's side.


  • The hypothesized transition from "Early" to "Late Iron Age" circa A.D. 1000 is also said to have included a general movement of settlements from river valleys to hilltops and possibly to have coincided with the origins of the shift from matrilineal to patrilineal kinship, agnatic inheritance, and virilocal marriage among Shona, Sotho, and Nguni peoples south of the Zambezi.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • This was the power held by the oldest surviving male ascendant (paterfamilias) over the property, conduct, and survival of his agnatic descendants—sons, unmarried daughters, grandchildren by sons, married daughters in sine manu relationships, and daughters-in-law if married with manus, plus slaves (these together constituted the familia).

    c. Economy, Society, and Culture

  • Beyond the agnatic family, the larger social group was the clan (naf, toxum, or gohr) which comprised several dozen families whose heads shared a common ancestor and within which endogamous marriage was the rule.

    F. The Neo-Persian Empire of the Sassanians, 223-651 C.E

  • First to be discerned is a distinctively Greek element of an agnatic type associated with certain essentially masculine aspects of deities: Zeus (cf. Cook), Poseidon, and Hades; of complex figures like Hermes (cf. Vernant).


  • And as the legal manumission dissolved a son's previous agnatic relationships, so, too, the person baptized gave up father and mother, &c., and became one of a society of brethren the bond between whom was not physical but spiritual.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 "Banks" to "Bassoon"

  • The most elementary of these groups is the _maegth_, the association of agnatic and cognatic relations.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • The family of the _ius civile_ is the agnatic family; the family of the _ius gentium_ is the cognatic family.

    The Twelve Tables

  • Emancipated children and non-agnatic cognates did not succeed, since they were no part of the family.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • In the latter case the community, or the group of tribes, may, perhaps for geographical reasons, not have independently attained the predatory culture in accentuated form, but may at a relatively late date have contracted the agnatic system and the paternal household through contact with another, higher, or characteristically different, culture, which has included these institutions among its cultural furniture.

    The Barbarian Status of Women

  • The group of agnatic kinsmen are mentioned in _Early Law and

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India—Volume I (of IV)


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  • "For them, going to the cinema was to perform a ritual, to share a common sentiment, to feel in concert and confirm their agnatic solidarity."

    The Clash of Images by Abdelfattah Kilito, translated by Robyn Creswell, p 88

    November 25, 2010