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agnate

[′ag‚nāt]
(biology)
Related exclusively through male descent.
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Agnates, verb classes and the meaning of construals.
Beneficiaries Versus the Founder's Heirs and Agnates
Similarly, although the father of the deceased is considered an agnatic relative, he is not inheriting equally with a special agnate female.
Having had an affair with a Hindu, they are excluded from Santal society and declared dead in their village where their agnates perform a mock funeral.
In reality, though, the agnates are fully conscious and live in an underground artificial environment with a fictional cover story about the Earth being too polluted for them to live on the surface.
Exogamous marriage was a means of creating or sealing between families new and hitherto little studied relationships, apparently close and strong to the point that in-laws were not seldom preferred to agnates by testators without direct issue; dowries, which inflated during the century, were protected by legislators, widows were encouraged not to remarry and often granted guardianship of children.
In her essay on "Contemporary Jazz and its Agnates," the author synthesizes and simplifies some complex developments so that social influences and their impact on the musicians who created the music of the 1950s through the present may be readily assimilated.
Female inheritance was rare and often contested by male agnates, many of them quite remote.
When the bride arrives at the groom's compound, he or his senior agnates acting as his surrogates unload and 'unplug' both her cargo and her body: they remove the father-in-law's flutes from the bride's net bag and remove the cooked pork from the flutes, feeding morsels to the bride by placing each one directly into her 'newly-"bearded" mouth' so her hands never touch her father's meat.