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  • adj. based on or tracing descent through the male line


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  • Pot price pon patrilinear plop, if the osseletion of the onkring gives omen nome?

    Finnegans Wake

  • Our nearest relatives, the chimps tend towards matrilinear, while patrilinear seems more prevalent in a majority of the different aboriginity groups in more modern times.

    Discovered: the basis of human civilization.

  • Not sure if the family units were matrilinear or patrilinear or maybe that depended on where you were.

    Discovered: the basis of human civilization.

  • Aristocratic families gradually improved their economic position, and countships often became hereditary in one family, “though not usually in patrilinear succession.


  • Chu Hsi (1130-1200), the famous scholar and systematizer of Neo-Confucian thoughts, brought out rules of behaviour for those burghers who did not belong to the gentry and could not, therefore, be expected to perform all _li_; his "simplified _li_" exercised a great influence not only upon contemporary China, but also upon Korea and Annam and there strengthened a hitherto looser patriarchal, patrilinear family system.

    A History of China

  • Thus, the Shang patrilinear system was much less extreme than the later system.

    A History of China

  • Although we do not know much about the general population, we know that the rulers had a patrilinear system of inheritance.

    A History of China

  • In the strongly patriarchal and patrilinear system of the

    A History of China

  • Chilcotins knew also of these "potlatches", but among them inheritance followed patrilinear principles, and their chiefs had more power because less numerous and unconnected with the clan system.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Their procreative role means that they are the guarantee of the continuity of the group, more especially as Bamileke society is patrilinear.



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