from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the paternal line.
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- adj. Pertaining to descent through male lines.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. tracing descent through the male line.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to descent on the paternal side.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. based on or tracing descent through the male line
His body symbolizes the future good morality, honor, and reputation of his patrilineage and the performance of certain patrilineal rituals.
Greene's important critique of the literature on African ethnicities singles out the dominant work on ethnicity in patrilineal southern Africa, and suggests a corrective approach that is much needed in this highly politicized subfield.
Most tribes are patrilineal, meaning that children are considered the father's descendants and men are viewed as the owners of all of the property.
"patrilineal" kids may face less questioning anyway.
Certainly, we cannot continue to make an exception for athletes, celebrities, and politicians of Jewish patrilineal descent.
Our kids are "one quarter patrilineal" Jews, and logically, maybe we should have just chosen Christianity.
It can test for shared strands of autosomal DNA – meaning any line of ancestry, not just pure matrilineal or patrilineal lines.
By creating historical and social linkage through this sacrificial ritual, circumcision functions to supersede and transcend our most primary maternal and biological system of relationship making patrilineal and patriarchal hierarchy appear "natural and inevitable," as Nancy Jay notes in her brilliant book, Throughout Your Generations Forever.
Male honor resides in the sexual probity of women because in patrilineal societies men must control reproductive power and fertility.
Sam Leith has written of the Waughs' "patrilineal inability to pass an applecart without giving it a shove" and Alec was a bit of a rebel.