pat·​ri·​lin·​eal | \ ˌpa-trə-ˈli-nē-əl How to pronounce patrilineal (audio) \

Definition of patrilineal

: relating to, based on, or tracing descent through the paternal line a patrilineal society

Examples of patrilineal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The imperial women are also expected to maintain patrilineal succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne by giving birth to male heirs. Time, 3 Nov. 2021 But Harding says the real sticking point is the potential loss of patrilineal succession. CNN, 26 Oct. 2021 For the more recent study, the researchers used historical documents to construct a patrilineal map of five branches traced from Leonardo’s father, Ser Piero, and half-brother Domenico. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 To preserve the tribe’s memory, some of his grandchildren have included Juma in their surnames before Uru Eu Wau Wau, something anthropologists said was rare among patrilineal Amazon tribes. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2021 Now King Akeem, the father of three daughters, seeks his patrilineal heir via another transcontinental mission. Armond White, National Review, 12 Mar. 2021 Name extinction is also a naturally occurring phenomenon called the Galton-Watson process, which posits that in patrilineal societies, surnames are lost or die out over time with each new generation as women take on their husbands' surnames. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 16 Jan. 2021 In communities that followed patrilineal practices, chronic inflammation was over twice as prevalent in women (8.3 percent vs. 3.2 percent). John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2020 This situation allowed the researchers to perform a simple experiment, checking for signs of chronic disease in the matrilineal and patrilineal households. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of patrilineal

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Patrilineal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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: relating to, based on, or tracing descent through the paternal line patrilineal society


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