patrilineal descent

(noun) Tracing an individual’s descent through their father’s side of the family.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: patrilineal descents
  • An agnate is blood relative in a patrilineal descent.
  • Primogeniture, the custom or law granting inheritance of a family estate to the first born or eldest child is typically male only and therefore a type of patrilineal descent.
  • Patrilateral refers to a person’s relations on their father’s side.
  • A type of unilineal descent.
  • In contrast to patrilineal descent, matrilineal descent is tracing an individual’s descent through their mother’s side of the family.
  • Also called:
    • agnatic
    • agnatic descent
    • agnation
    • male-line
    • patrilineality
    • patrilinear descent
    • patriliny
  • Patrilineal descent used in a sentence: A genealogist can trace patrilineal descent.
  • A genealogist can trace descent (adverb) patrilineally through the father’s side.

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