noun. 1. a culture wherein descent and inheritance is patrilineal, that being, followed via just the male. 2. more loosely, a family, set of people, or culture directed and overseen by only males.
PATRIARCHY: "It is often a desire of many men to preside over their family as a patriarchy one day as an elder."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "PATRIARCHY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/patriarchy/ (accessed March 23, 2023).