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LINEAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lineal mean? 

LINEAL (adjective)
  The adjective LINEAL has 2 senses:

1. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
2. arranged in a line

  Familiarity information: LINEAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LINEAL (adjective)


Sense 1lineal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

Synonyms:

lineal; direct

Context examples:

lineal ancestors / lineal heirs / a direct descendant of the king / direct heredity

Similar:

matrilineal; matrilinear (based on or tracing descent through the female line)

patrilineal; patrilinear (based on or tracing descent through the male line)

unilateral; unilateralist (tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only)

Also:

related (connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage)

Antonym:

collateral (descended from a common ancestor but through different lines)


Sense 2lineal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arranged in a line

Similar:

linear; one-dimensional (of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension)


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