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English definition of “patrilineal”


adjective     /ˌpæt.rɪˈlɪn.i.əl/ US  /ˌpæt.rə-/ formal
In a patrilineal society or relationship , what family someone belongs to depends only on male relations .Family relations in general
(Definition of patrilineal adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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