The definition of patriarchal is a society, group or organization that is ruled by a male.
An example of patriarchal is England being run by King Henry the VIII.
of or having to do with a patriarch or patriarchy: now often used with reference to a society, institution, etc. regarded as being under the repressive domination of men: patriarchal values of the Victorian family
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a patriarch.
- Of or relating to a patriarchy: a patriarchal social system.
- Ruled by a patriarch: a patriarchal see.
(comparative more patriarchal, superlative most patriarchal)
patriarch +"Ž -al