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Definition of patrilineal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

patrilineal

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˌpætrəˈlɪniəl//
 
(formal)
 
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used to describe the relationship between father and child that continues in a family with each generation, or something that is based on this relationship In that society, inheritance of land is patrilineal (= the children get the land that their father owned). compare matrilineal
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: patrilineal