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line of descent
  1. n. the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors [syn: descent, lineage, filiation]

  2. the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]

Usage examples of "line of descent".

He had no way of knowing it, but at that moment Thora had no doubt at all that her boss was in the direct line of descent from the Daals of Uldune who had committed far worse crimes than even such as Nairdoo Sheyan.

All the descendants of the genus F, along its whole line of descent, are supposed to have been but little modified, and they yet form a single genus.

I wondered then how much of truth there might have been to my final vision of the previous night, wherein her possible line of descent from Benedict had been stated.

They started slowly, and then usually held a straight line of descent, but the path was rough and one had also to keep an eye on one's feet.

The land seemed to dip here, sloping downward as the Zimr drew near, and the river, following the line of descent, plunged and bucked.

There wasn't a single grandfather fish, or one grandfather primate, no thin line of descent, just as there isn't a thin line of causality leading from a butterfly's wing flap to a hurricane.

By fifty-five million years ago, in the Eocene Period, there was a great proliferation of primates, both arboreal and ground-dwelling, and the evolution of a line of descent that eventually led to Man.

If the line of descent was direct, in other words if he wasn't a cousin or an uncle, then he would be my great- or great-great-grandfather.

That child, Jisa, wedded the next Monarch, Treven, a cousin of the King, and from that line of descent springs yon Outlander.

As for ordinary laran, that's just as likely to appear at random anywhere in the Domains as it is in the direct male line of descent Pick any heir at random, he couldn't be less fit for me Domain than I am.