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agnate

[′ag‚nāt]
(biology)
Related exclusively through male descent.
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Gleason introduced the concepts of agnation and enation in his 1963 textbook, Linguistics and English Grammar, which belongs to a generation of "general-structuralist" textbooks (assembling the insights which had been achieved in the major schools of structuralism), which appeared in North America and Europe in the period 1955-1965, on the verge of the emergence of more specific (post)structuralist linguistic schools, especially in Europe, and just before the rise of Chomskyan transformational-generative grammar in the US.
Furthermore, some jurists defined membership within a particular lineal descent group exclusively in terms of agnation.
Whatever the actual social relation between the two rivals, be it based on agnation, coresidence or political alliance, rawa is a 'fight between brothers'.
One form is amenu, same-sex siblingship, such as agnation and its extension to political alliance, while the other is mbetinu, cross-sex siblingship that includes relations between men related via women such as affines and cross-cousins.
There social groups are defined largely on the basis of agnation, action, residence and association rather than cosmology.