lineal
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈlɪni.əl/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈlɪniːəl/
Adjective

lineal (not comparable)

  1. (family) Of a family relationship that includes mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandparents, grandchildren, etc., but not siblings; as opposed to collateral.
    • 1689 December (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], chapter 1, in Two Treatises of Government: […], London: […] Awnsham Churchill, […], OCLC 83985187 ↗:
      the prime and ancient right of lineal succession
  2. Inheriting by direct descent; having the right by direct descent to succeed (to).
    • 1693, John Dryden, a poem included in William Congreve's play The Double Dealer
      for only you are lineal to the throne
  3. Composed of lines; delineated.
    lineal designs
  4. In the direction of a line; of a line; of or relating to a line; measured on, or ascertained by, a line; linear.
    lineal magnitude
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