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ancestral (law)

Definition:

inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

ancestor

Comparative:

more ancestral

Superlative:

most ancestral

Similar to:

inheritable

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • ancestral home
  • ancestral lore

Etymology:

late Middle English: from Old French ancestrel, from ancestre (see "ancestor")
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of ancestral...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Patrimony [disambiguation]

may refer to: Property or other legal entitlements inherited from (or through), one's father, especially if it has been handed down through generations in the same family, birthright; see heirloom. | In civil law systems, the total of all personal and ... (40 of 292 words, 11 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Patrimony

Collins Dictionary:

patrimonial | patrimonies [plural] | patrimony

of, relating to, or obtained by an inheritance from one's father or other ancestor | [religion] of or relating to the endowment of a church | an ... (25 of 243 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/patrimonial

Merriam-Webster:

patrimony | heritage [synonym, sense-specific] | bequest [synonym, sense-specific] | birthright [synonym, sense-specific] | legacy [synonym, sense-specific] | inheritance [synonym, sense-specific] | heirloom [similar, sense-specific] | bestowal [similar, sense-specific] | gift [similar, sense-specific] | ...

an estate inherited from one's father or ancestor ; anything derived from one's father or ancestors; "heritage" | an estate or endowment belonging by ... (23 of 107 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/patrimony

Oxford Dictionary:

patrimony | patrimonies [plural] | heritage [synonym, sense-specific] | patrimonial [derived]

property inherited from one's father or male ancestor | valued things passed down from previous generations; heritage | [historical] : the estate or ... (21 of 100 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/patrimony

American Heritage Dictionary:

patrimony | patrimonies [plural] | patrimonial [adjective, related] | patrimonially [adverb, related]

An inheritance from a father or other ancestor. | An inheritance or legacy; heritage. | An endowment or estate belonging to an institution, especially ... (22 of 53 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/patrimony

New World Dictionary:

patrimony | patrimonies [plural] | patrimonial [adjective, related]

property inherited from one's father or ancestors | property endowed to an institution, as a church | anything inherited, as a characteristic or ... (21 of 43 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/patrimony

Wiktionary:

patrimonial

Of or pertaining to patrimony | Legally inherited from one or more ancestors (12 of 13 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/patrimonial

Cambridge Dictionary:

ancestor | ancestral [adjective, derived]

a person related to you who lived a long time ago | a plant, animal or object that is related to one existing at a later point in time (28 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ancestor

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ancestor [countable] | ancestors [plural] | ancestral [adjective, related]

someone who is related to you who lived a long time ago | an earlier form from which something modern has developed (21 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ancestor

Random House Dictionary:

ancestral

pertaining to ancestors; descending or claimed from ancestors. | serving as a forerunner, prototype, or inspiration. (15 of 25 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ancestral

Encarta Dictionary:

ancestral

relating to something belonging to former generations of somebody's family (10 of 32 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585463​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

ancestral

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French ancestrel, from ancestre (see "ancestor")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ancestral

Online Etymology:

ancestral

First use: 1520s

Origin: Old French ancestrel (Anglo-French auncestrel), from ancestre.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ancestral

Wiktionary:

ancestral | ancestrall [obsolete] | auncestral [obsolete]

Origin: Anglo-Norman ancestrel, from ancestre ("ancestor").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ancestral

Encarta Dictionary:

ancestral

First use: 15th century

Origin: Old French ancestrel from ancestre

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585463​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ancestral

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ancestral"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ancestral

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ancestor [countable] | ancestors [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ancestral"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ancestor

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ancestor [countable] | ancestors [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ancestral"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ancestor

Cambridge Dictionary:

ancestor

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ancestral"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ancestral"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ancestor

the Free Dictionary:

ancestral

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ancestral"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ancestral"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ancestral" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ancestral

Google Dictionary:

ancestral

Audio: English pronunciation of "ancestral"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=ancestral

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ancestral

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ancestral"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ancest​02 word=ancestral

YourDictionary Audio:

ancestral

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ancestral" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ancestral

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