lineal definition by Webster's New World
- in the direct line of descent from an ancestor
- of or composed of lines; linear
Origin: Old French linéal ; from Late Latin linealis ; from Classical Latin linea: see line
lineal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Belonging to or being in the direct line of descent from an ancestor.
- Derived from or relating to a particular line of descent; hereditary.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin līneālis, consisting of lines, from Latin līnea, line; see line1.
- linˈe·al·ly adverb
lineal - Legal Definition