Definition of patripotestal in US English:

patripotestal

adjective

Anthropology Sociology
  • Characterized by the exercise of authority by the father or one of his male relatives over a family or household.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Northcote Thomas (b. 1868). From patri- + potestal.

Pronunciation

patripotestal

/ˌpatripəˈtɛstl/