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PATRIARCHAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does patriarchal mean? 

PATRIARCHAL (adjective)
  The adjective PATRIARCHAL has 2 senses:

1. characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
2. relating to or characteristic of a man who is older or higher in rank

  Familiarity information: PATRIARCHAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PATRIARCHAL (adjective)


Sense 1patriarchal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line

Similar:

patriarchic ((of societies) being ruled by or having descent traced through the male line)

patricentric (centered upon the father)

Also:

paternal (characteristic of a father)

Antonym:

matriarchal (characteristic of a matriarchy)


Sense 2patriarchal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or characteristic of a man who is older or higher in rank

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

patriarch (a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself)


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