lin·​e·​al | \ ˈli-nē-əl How to pronounce lineal (audio) \

Definition of lineal

1 : linear
2 : composed of or arranged in lines
3a : consisting of or being in a direct male or female line of ancestry — compare collateral sense 2
b : relating to or derived from ancestors : hereditary
c : descended in a direct line
4a : belonging to one lineage lineal relatives
b : of, relating to, or dealing with a lineage

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Other Words from lineal

lineality \ ˌli-​nē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce lineality (audio) \ noun
lineally \ ˈli-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce lineally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of lineal in a Sentence

He claims that he is a lineal descendent of a famous military hero.
Recent Examples on the Web Wilder will fight a Feb. 22 rematch against lineal champion Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Here are Alabama’s Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2019 The restaurant's signature burgers were supposedly lineal descendants of the ones at the now-defunct Band Box (since revived as The Box). Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock's year in food," 31 Dec. 2019 Fury claims to be the lineal heavyweight champion and can make his case to be even more than that if his scheduled February rematch with Wilder goes off as planned. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz fight (11/23/19) time, channel, live stream; how to watch online," 23 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, Fury calls himself the lineal heavyweight champion, a claim based on his victory over Klitschko, whose career would end a couple of years later in a 2017 TKO loss to Joshua. Los Angeles Times, "Boxing’s heavyweight division is brimming with chaos and unpredictability," 17 Sep. 2019 But Fury, considered the lineal heavyweight champion after beating undisputed champion Wladimir Klitchko in 2015, was his usual jovial self Tuesday. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Tyson Fury takes on unbeaten Otto Wallin in Las Vegas," 14 Sep. 2019 Where else could aficionados of rock expect to hear in one place Sly and the Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane and those other lineal descendants of the primeval Beatles? New York Times, "Woodstock 1969: A Story Vastly Bigger Than Editors Realized," 9 Aug. 2019 The performance by the world’s lineal heavyweight champion was just as dominant as expected, but his shenanigans might be even more memorable. Alyssa Thomas,, "Alyssa Thomas leads Connecticut Sun to 12th straight win at home," 17 June 2019 About 650 lineal feet of concrete multi-use trail will traverse four parcels and cross a small stream twice, according to a staff report to the council. David Ibata, ajc, "Alpharetta OKs using eminent domain to close Alpha Loop," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of lineal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2020

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“Lineal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lineal

: having a direct family relationship : related by a direct series of parents and children


lin·​e·​al | \ ˈli-nē-əl How to pronounce lineal (audio) \

Legal Definition of lineal

: consisting of or being in a direct male or female line of ancestry a lineal descendant — compare collateral sense 2

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