lineal

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adjective lin·e·al \ˈli-nē-əl\

Definition of lineal

  1. 1 :  linear

  2. 2 :  composed of or arranged in lines

  3. 3a :  consisting of or being in a direct male or female line of ancestry — compare collateral 2b :  relating to or derived from ancestors :  hereditaryc :  descended in a direct line

  4. 4a :  belonging to one lineage lineal relativesb :  of, relating to, or dealing with a lineage

lineality

play \ˌli-nē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

lineally

play \ˈli-nē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of lineal in a Sentence

  1. He claims that he is a lineal descendent of a famous military hero.

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First Known Use of lineal

14th century

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LINEAL Defined for English Language Learners

lineal

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adjective

Definition of lineal for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

lineal

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adjective lin·e·al \ˈli-nē-əl\

Legal Definition of lineal

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


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