(noun) Tracing an individual’s descent through their father’s side of the family.
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- 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 descent
- patrilinear descent
- Patrilineal descent used in a sentence: A genealogist can trace patrilineal descent.
- A genealogist can trace descent (adverb) patrilineally through the father’s side.