patriarchal

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adjective pa·tri·ar·chal \ˌpā-trē-ˈär-kəl\

Definition of patriarchal

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a patriarch or patriarchy a patriarchal culture a patriarchal religion

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First Known Use of patriarchal

15th century

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