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a. A line of ancestors; a lineage.
b. A list of ancestors; a family tree.
2. A chart of an individual's ancestors used in human genetics to analyze Mendelian inheritance of certain traits, especially of familial diseases.
3. A list of the ancestors of a purebred animal.
4. A continuous history or series of precedents, especially considered as evidence of respectability or legitimacy: "The practice of larding legislation with special interest lucre has, of course, a lengthy pedigree in American politics" (Jonathan Chait).

[Middle English pedegru, from Anglo-Norman pe de grue : pe, foot (from Latin pēs; see pedi-) + de, of (from Latin ; see de-) + grue, crane (from the resemblance of a crane's foot to the lines of succession on a genealogical chart) (from Vulgar Latin *grūā, from Latin grūs, gru-; see gerə- in Indo-European roots).]

ped′i·greed′ adj.
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Adj.1.pedigreed - having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred animal
purebred - bred for many generations from member of a recognized breed or strain
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Indeed, I miraculously recovered from premature death as a six-year-old during World War II to face you tonight as a recycled octogenarian; I journeyed as a poor newsboy in the backstreets of Sampaloc, Manila, to the presidency of the most widely read broadsheet in our country; as an ignorant Catholic to membership in the highest lay council of the Catholic Church in the Vatican; as a frustrated applicant for graduate studies to father of five wonderful children who each achieved my impossible dream of finishing in a pedigreed US university; as a lowly bootblack to being welcomed in the board rooms of the largest blue chips in our country; as an aspiring chemical engineer to a reluctant lawyer and, finally, to the highest magistracy of our country.
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