1. Related on or descended from the father's or male side.
2. Coming from a common source; akin.
A relative on the father's or male side only.
[Latin agnātus, past participle of agnāscī, to become an agnate : ad-, ad- + nāscī, to be born; see genə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ag·natic (ăg-nătĭk) adj.
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