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1. Related on or descended from the father's or male side.
2. Coming from a common source; akin.
A relative on the father's or male side only.

[Latin agnātus, past participle of agnāscī, to become an agnate : ad-, ad- + nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

ag·nat′ic (ăg-năt′ĭk) adj.
ag·nat′i·cal·ly adv.
ag·na′tion n.
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1. (Law) related by descent from a common male ancestor
2. related in any way; cognate
(Law) a male or female descendant by male links from a common male ancestor
[C16: from Latin agnātus born in addition, added by birth, from agnāsci, from ad- in addition + gnāsci to be born]
agnatic, agnatical adj
agˈnation n
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(ˈæg neɪt)

1. a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males.
2. any male relation on the father's side.
3. related or akin through males or on the father's side.
4. allied or akin.
[1525–35; < Latin a(d)gnātus, orig. past participle of a(d)gnāscī to be born in addition =ad- ad- + (g)nāscī to be born]
ag•nat′ic (-ˈnæt ɪk) ag•nat′i•cal, adj.
ag•nat′i•cal•ly, adv.
ag•na′tion (-ˈneɪ ʃən) n.
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a relation through descent on the male side. Cf. cognate. — agnate, agnatic, adj.
See also: Relationship
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agnate - one related on the father's sideagnate - one related on the father's side  
relative, relation - a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
Adj.1.agnate - related on the father's sideagnate - related on the father's side; "a paternal aunt"
related - connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
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Connected by or as if by kinship or common origin:
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(1985b) 'Who worships whom: agnates and ancestors among the Nguni', African Studies 44 (1): 47-64.
(1) The murderer who commits this crime is usually one of the girl's or woman's family members like her brother, father, or a combination of male agnates. (2) The murderer commits this crime to restore the family's social reputation.
The same Pusanweh has also said the following: if a man sets up 1000 altars in the (very) place where there was an idol shrine--the idols having been destroyed ("dug out") of there by a judge--without appointing a particular person from among his agnates as the guardian over these altars, then the man who has set up a Warahran Fire should be considered the guardian of these altars.
In sum, Trinh Cuong was dependent on the support of the Red River delta, and very wary of his agnates and of the Thanh-Nghe commanders; this caution led to a programme of enlisting soldiers from the delta and reinforcing supervision of the military.
Transforming Women into 'Pure' Agnates: Aspects of Female Infibulation in Somalia.
The system was reinforced by patrilineages or "bloods" that enabled resident agnates to keep an eye on such wives, referred to as "grass widows" while their husbands were abroad.
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.
Furthermore, many of the non-agnates are quite powerful, the difference in status between agnates and non-agnates is often unclear, and an agnatic ancestor cult either does not exist or does not provide a context for bringing together agnates who reside elsewhere.
The "clients" (progenitors) are told that the "agnates" (clones) are produced without a functioning cerebral cortex, signaling that they are biologically alive but in a persistent vegetative state.
Conversely, in interpersonal and textual systems, the options are agnates: they are general types of possible construals, which can apply either to any kind of clausal syntagm (for example, the features [unmarked theme] or [polar interrogative] in the textual and interpersonal systems), or they can apply to relatively large structures which can be specified in terms of experiential features (for example, the textual feature of [passive] is only available for the experiential class of [effective] constructions).
kindred." (50) Only if there are no sharers, or agnates, does the