Agnate meaning

ăgnāt
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A relative whose relation is traced only through male members of the family.

A great grandfather is an agnate if he is your father’s father’s father.

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Related on or descended from the father's or male side.
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Coming from a common source; akin.
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A relative on the father's or male side only.
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A relative through male descent or on the father's side.
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Related through male descent or on the father's side.
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Akin.
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Any paternal male relative.
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Related to someone by male connections or on the paternal side of the family.
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(linguistics) Having a similar semantic meaning.
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Origin of agnate

  • Latin agnātus past participle of agnāscī to become an agnate ad- ad- nāscī to be born genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from Latin agnātus (“paternal kinsman”).

    From Wiktionary