agnate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj agnate related on the father's side "a paternal aunt"
    • n agnate one related on the father's side
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Agnate (Civil Law) A relative whose relationship can be traced exclusively through males.
    • Agnate Allied; akin. "Agnate words.""Assume more or less of a fictitious character, but congenial and agnate with the former."
    • Agnate Related or akin by the father's side; also, sprung from the same male ancestor; as, agnate brother: a brother having the same father, but a different mother; in ths sense it is a correlative of uterine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n agnate Specifically, a kinsman whose connection is traceable exclusively through males; more generally, any male relation by the father's side. See agnati.
    • agnate Related or akin on the father's side.
    • agnate Allied in kind; from a common source: as, “agnate words,” Pownall, Study of Antiquities, p. 168.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Agnate ag′nāt related on the father's side: allied
    • n Agnate a relation by the father's side
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. agnatus, p. p. of agnasci, to be born in addition to; ad, + nasci,for gnasci,) to be born. Cf. Adnate

Usage

In literature:

In Korea, for instance, he can only adopt an agnate and one of a lower generation than his own.
"The Soul of the Far East" by Percival Lowell
But persons related only by blood through females are not agnates, but merely cognates.
"The Institutes of Justinian" by Caesar Flavius Justinian
And how did the agnates of (Bhagiratha furnish the same)?
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
On the whole, Sir Henry Maine strongly clings to the belief that the gens commonly had 'a real core of agnatic consanguinity from the very first.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
And how did the agnates of (Bhagiratha furnish the same)?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
All this is easily understood by a modern; but who are the Agnates?
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
When the father died, the nearest male of kin, even though declared unqualified as an agnate, came in as guardian.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
He announced every fresh birth to the agnates on a sheet of the largest royal folio.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
The gens is to be found in Greek and Roman history, where it is known as the agnatic kindred.
"The Iowa" by William Harvey Miner
It will now be convenient to state the rules for finding which of the agnates take as residuaries of the deceased.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
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