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ˈlɪn i əllin·eal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lineal, directadjective

    in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

    "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"

  2. linealadjective

    arranged in a line


  1. linealadjective

    Of a family relationship that includes mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons, etc. as opposed to collateral.

  2. Etymology: From linealis, from linea; see line.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LINEALadjective

    Etymology: linealis, from linea, Latin.

    When any thing is mathematically demonstrated weak, it is much more mechanically weak; errors ever occurring more easily in the management of gross materials than lineal designs. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    To re-establish, de facto, the right of lineal succession to paternal government, is to put a man in possession of that government which his fathers did enjoy, and he by lineal succession had a right to. John Locke.

    Peace be to France, if France in peace permit
    Our just and lineal ent’rance to our own. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Queen Isabel, his grandmother,
    Was lineal of the lady Ermengere. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    O that your brows my laurel had sustain’d!
    Well had I been depos’d if you had reign’d:
    The father had descended for the son;
    For only you are lineal to the throne. Dryden.


  1. lineal

    Lineal refers to a direct line of descent or ancestry, in a direct succession from an ancestor. It describes a sequence or progression along a straight or linear path. Lineal also pertains to something that is arranged in, characterized by, or of the nature of a line.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Linealadjective

    descending in a direct line from an ancestor; hereditary; derived from ancestors; -- opposed to collateral; as, a lineal descent or a lineal descendant

  2. Linealadjective

    inheriting by direct descent; having the right by direct descent to succeed (to)

  3. Linealadjective

    composed of lines; delineated; as, lineal designs

  4. Linealadjective

    in the direction of a line; of or pertaining to a line; measured on, or ascertained by, a line; linear; as, lineal magnitude

  5. Etymology: [L. linealis belonging to a line, fr. linea line: cf. F. linal. See 3d Line.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Linealnoun

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    Etymology: From the web

    Submitted by admin_12 on June 27, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lineal in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lineal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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