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Definition of patriarchal:

  1. Characteristic of a patriarch; venerable.
  2. Having an organization of society and government in which the head of the family exercises authority over all its generations.
  3. Of or pertaining to a patriarch or to patriarchs; possessed by, or subject to, patriarchs; as, patriarchal authority or jurisdiction; a patriarchal see; a patriarchal church.


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