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Wordnet 3.0


1. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child;
- Example: "lineal ancestors"
- Example: "lineal heirs"
- Example: "a direct descendant of the king"
- Example: "direct heredity"
[syn: lineal, direct]

2. arranged in a line;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lineal \Lin"e*al\ (l[i^]n"[-e]*al), a. [L. linealis belonging to a line, fr. linea line: cf. F. lin['e]al. See 3d Line.] 1. Descending in a direct line from an ancestor; hereditary; derived from ancestors; -- opposed to collateral; as, a lineal descent or a lineal descendant. [1913 Webster] The prime and ancient right of lineal succession. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Inheriting by direct descent; having the right by direct descent to succeed (to). [1913 Webster] For only you are lineal to the throne. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Composed of lines; delineated; as, lineal designs. [1913 Webster] 4. In the direction of a line; of or pertaining to a line; measured on, or ascertained by, a line; linear; as, lineal magnitude. [1913 Webster] Lineal measure, the measure of length; -- usually written linear measure. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

lineal adj 1: in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity" [syn: lineal, direct] [ant: collateral, indirect] 2: arranged in a line
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

69 Moby Thesaurus words for "lineal": after, arrowlike, attendant, cadet, catenary, clannish, consecutive, dead straight, diphyletic, direct, ensuing, ethnic, even, family, flat, following, genealogical, genetic, gentile, gentilic, horizontal, in a line, junior, later, level, linear, national, ordinal, phyletic, phylogenetic, posterior, progressive, puisne, racial, rectilineal, rectilinear, right, ruler-straight, sequent, sequential, serial, seriate, smooth, straight, straight-cut, straight-front, straight-side, streamlined, subsequent, succeeding, successional, successive, totemic, tribal, true, unbending, unbent, unbowed, unbroken, uncurved, undeflected, undeviating, undistorted, uninterrupted, unswerving, unturned, upright, vertical, younger
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

LINEAL. That which comes in a line. Lineal consanguinity is that which subsists between persons, one of whom is descended in a direct line from the other. Lineal descent, is that which takes place among lineal kindred.