• Having an ancestral relationship to mothers, fathers, grandparents, (etc.) and having a descendant relationship to sons, daughters, grandchildren (etc.), exclusive of collateral siblings.
  • Inheriting by direct descent; having the right by direct descent to succeed (to).
  • Composed of lines; delineated.
  • In the direction of a line; of a line; of or relating to a line; measured on, or ascertained by, a line; linear.


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  • From Old French lineal, from Latin līneālis, from līnea; see line. linear.

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