patriarchal

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patriarch +‎ -al

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patriarchal (comparative more patriarchal, superlative most patriarchal)

  1. Characteristic of a patriarch; venerable.
    • Tennyson
      About whose patriarchal knee / Late the little children clung.
  2. Relating to a system run by males, rather than females.

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