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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: direct] [ant: collateral]
2 arranged in a line

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  1. Family. Of a family relationship that includes mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons, etc. as opposed to collateral.

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  1. linear

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