Adjective "agnate" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈaɡneɪt/

Definitions and examples

noun

A person descended from the same male ancestor as another specified or implied person, especially through the male line.
  1. 'A protagonist's supporters, mostly close agnates, are motivated to assist because of the desire to help a brother, that is through conventional motivation.'
  2. 'The deceased's closest agnate, Amalyce, also claimed that he didn't know where they were.'
  3. 'Most of these marriages were strongly resisted by the kinsfolk of the parties, particularly those that involved agnates from the same village, though none of them were from the same hamlet.'

adjective

Descended from the same male ancestor as another specified or implied person, especially through the male line.
  1. 'Leo's great site however shows Sir William and Margaret (Morville) Washington as having had a son Robert, agnate ancestor of President George Washington.'
  2. 'A known agnate descendant of his brother Jarvis Wingfield was tested and shown to be a definite non-match to the profile closely shared by the descendants of the 3 brothers and the descendant of the English Wingfield.'

Definitions

1. a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males.

2. any male relation on the father's side. adjective

3. related or akin through males or on the father's side.

4. allied or akin.

More examples(as adjective)

"successions can be agnate."

Origin

Late 15th century (as a noun): from Latin agnatus, from ad- ‘to’ + gnatus, natus ‘born’.