(redirected from lineally)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to lineally: line of descent


That which comes in a line, particularly a direct line, as from parent to child or grandparent to grandchild.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
We cannot speak of S-R here, as all action contains its own immanent 'stimulus.' The present is not a means to future satisfaction, but good in itself, as the future is also good in itself; neither better nor worse, neither climactic nor anticlimactic, in fact, not lineally connected nor removed.
However, cartography is a model that implies a visual orientation; it invites a gaze that identifies boundaries, however blurred or attractively curved, and produces a bird's-eye view of lineally defined spaces.
In the SVMs when input data can not be lineally separated, they should be mapped into high-dimensional feature spaces, where a linear decision surface discriminating two classes can be designed.
What might prove true for communities linked lineally by a vigorous maritime trade network might not be true for land-based communities scattered across two, rather than one, geographical dimensions.
But it was determined that these deformations increased lineally up to the contact failure.
She wanted a grandson to fulfill the most fundamental purpose to her life [...] A little boy who came from her son, who came from her husband, who also came lineally from that golden chain of male to male" (31).
[proves] them to be lineally descended in the maternal line from a female African slave; and he must redeliver the black or mulatto person, with the flat nose and woolly hair ...
In it, a protagonist named Gregory Gryll, Esq., declares himself Epicuri de grege porcus ("A pig from Epicurus's herd") "and held, though he found it difficult to trace the pedigree, that he was lineally descended from the ancient and illustrious Gryllus, who maintained against Ulysses the superior happiness of the life of other animals to that of the life of man" (14).
The Crown too descends lineally to the issue of the reigning monarch, and the preference of males over females is strictly adhered to.
Likewise, black philosemitism, at least in its Christian variety, views Christians of African descent as those who are spiritually and lineally closest to Christ and his Jewish apostles.