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pa•ter•fa•mil•i•as



Pronunciation: (pā"tur-fu-mil'ē-us, pä"-, pat"ur-), [key]
n.,
pl. pa•ter•fa•mil•i•as•es for 1, pa•tres•fa•mil•i•asPronunciation: (pā"trēz-fu-mil'ē-us, pä"-, pa"-) [key] for 2.

1. the male head of a household or family, usually the father.
2. Roman Law.
a. the head of the Roman family; a juridical entity who holds the patria potestas.
b. a person who is not under the patria potestas of another.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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