lineal descendant


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lineal descendant

n. a person who is in direct line to an ancestor, such as child, grandchild, great-grandchild and on forever. A lineal descendant is distinguished from a "collateral" descendant which would be from the line of a brother, sister, aunt or uncle. (See: descent and distribution)

See: child
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But the seaman of the last generation, brought into sympathy with the caravels of ancient time by his sailing-ship, their lineal descendant, cannot look upon those lumbering forms navigating the naive seas of ancient woodcuts without a feeling of surprise, of affectionate derision, envy, and admiration.
I am the lineal descendant of that infant -- I am the rightful Duke of Bridgewater; and here am I, forlorn, torn from my high estate, hunted of men, despised by the cold world, ragged, worn, heart-broken, and degraded to the companion- ship of felons on a raft!"
* Du Bois, the present librarian of Ardis, is a lineal descendant of this revolutionary pair.
I am fully convinced that species are not immutable; but that those belonging to what are called the same genera are lineal descendants of some other and generally extinct species, in the same manner as the acknowledged varieties of any one species are the descendants of that species.
If the lineal descendants of Ham are alone to be scriptur- ally enslaved, it is certain that slavery at the south must soon become unscriptural; for thousands are ushered into the world, annually, who, like myself, owe their existence to white fathers, and those fa- thers most frequently their own masters.
For the great airships with which Germany attacked New York in her last gigantic effort for world supremacy--before humanity realized that world supremacy was a dream--were the lineal descendants of the Zeppelin airship that flew over Lake Constance in 1906, and of the Lebaudy navigables that made their memorable excursions over Paris in 1907 and 1908.
However, a retained interest which is not a right to receive a fixed amount or a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the property in trust at least annually is disregarded, but only if the remainderman is a "member of the transferor's family."(15) A "member of the family" includes the transferor's spouse, an ancestor or lineal descendant of the transferor or the transferor's spouse, a sibling of the transferor, or a spouse of such ancestor, lineal descendant or sibling.(16)
The squire traced the dance back to the Romans: he insisted it was a lineal descendant of 'the sword dance of the ancients'.
Is modern German imperialism, and Nazism as its lineal descendant, to be explained by the cultural and social peculiarity of the entire course of German history?
A lineal descendant is not the same as a "collateral" descendant, who would be from the line of a brother, sister, aunt, or uncle.
Otherwise, for purposes of intestacy, a child who is born to parents who are not lawfully married is considered a lineal descendant of the child's mother and a member of the mother's family.
He believes that he is a lineal descendant of William Brewster of Scrooby, who led the Pilgrim Fathers to Boston, fifty-miles away, then to Leyden in Holland, and in the end in 1620 to Cape Cod, to found a church -- and in so doing to found a colony of Separatists that became a state.