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1. Belonging to or being in the direct line of descent from an ancestor.
2. Derived from or relating to a particular line of descent; hereditary.
3. Linear.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin līneālis, consisting of lines, from Latin līnea, line; see line1.]

lin′e·al·ly adv.


1. being in a direct line of descent from an ancestor
2. of, involving, or derived from direct descent
3. a less common word for linear
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin līneālis, from Latin līnea line1]
ˈlineally adv


(ˈlɪn i əl)

1. being in the direct line, as a descendant or ancestor, or in a direct line, as descent or succession.
2. of or transmitted by lineal descent.
3. linear.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin līneālis; see line1, -al1]
lin′e•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lineal - in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"
related - connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
collateral, indirect - descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
2.lineal - arranged in a line
linear, one-dimensional - of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension; "a linear measurement"


Of unbroken descent or lineage:


[ˈlɪnɪəl] ADJlineal, en línea recta; [descent] → en línea directa


adj descentdirekt
References in classic literature ?
But the seaman of the last generation, brought into sympathy with the caravels of ancient time by his sailing-ship, their lineal descendant, cannot look upon those lumbering forms navigating the naive seas of ancient woodcuts without a feeling of surprise, of affectionate derision, envy, and admiration.
Our ships of yesterday will stand to their ships as no lineal ancestors, but as mere predecessors whose course will have been run and the race extinct.
Don't you really know, Durbeyfield, that you are the lineal representative of the ancient and knightly family of the d'Urbervilles, who derive their descent from Sir Pagan d'Urberville, that renowned knight who came from Normandy with William the Conqueror, as appears by Battle Abbey Roll?
He did not mention that he was a lineal descendant of Balaam's ass, but everybody knew that without his telling it.
Gunpowder was not invented by any one; it was the lineal successor of the Greek fire, which, like itself, was composed of sulfur and saltpeter.
I am fully convinced that species are not immutable; but that those belonging to what are called the same genera are lineal descendants of some other and generally extinct species, in the same manner as the acknowledged varieties of any one species are the descendants of that species.
If the lineal descendants of Ham are alone to be scriptur- ally enslaved, it is certain that slavery at the south must soon become unscriptural; for thousands are ushered into the world, annually, who, like myself, owe their existence to white fathers, and those fa- thers most frequently their own masters.
I am the lineal descendant of that infant -- I am the rightful Duke of Bridgewater; and here am I, forlorn, torn from my high estate, hunted of men, despised by the cold world, ragged, worn, heart-broken, and degraded to the companion- ship of felons on a raft
Du Bois, the present librarian of Ardis, is a lineal descendant of this revolutionary pair.
Should he delay the search a little longer, the house would pass from the lineal heir, and with it the vast heap of gold, to remain in its burial-place, till the ruin of the aged walls should discover it to strangers of a future generation.
For the great airships with which Germany attacked New York in her last gigantic effort for world supremacy--before humanity realized that world supremacy was a dream--were the lineal descendants of the Zeppelin airship that flew over Lake Constance in 1906, and of the Lebaudy navigables that made their memorable excursions over Paris in 1907 and 1908.
En la figura 4 se observa que los residuos y pronosticos tipificados siguen una tendencia lineal, por lo que no son independientes.