What does fraternal mean?

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frəˈtɜr nlfra·ter·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fraternaladjective

    of or relating to a fraternity or society of usually men

    "a fraternal order"

  2. fraternal, biovularadjective

    (of twins) derived from two separate fertilized ova

    "fraternal twins are biovular"

  3. brotherly, brotherlike, fraternaladjective

    like or characteristic of or befitting a brother

    "brotherly feelings"; "close fraternal ties"


  1. fraternaladjective

    Of brothers (fraternal twins)

  2. fraternaladjective

    Related through a brother (fraternal nephew)

  3. fraternaladjective

    In need of a brother or sister or friend.

  4. fraternaladjective

    Like brothers (fraternal cousins)

  5. fraternaladjective

    Friendly or brotherly (e.g. fraternal relations between socialist parties in different countries).

  6. fraternaladjective

    platonic (as fraternal love - brotherly love)

  7. Etymology: From fraternel, from fraternalis, from fraternus, from frater.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRATERNALadjective

    Brotherly; pertaining to brothers; becoming brothers.

    Etymology: fraternel, French; fraternus, Latin.

    One shall rise
    Of proud ambitious heart; who, not content
    With fair equality, fraternal state,
    Will arrogate dominion undeserv’d,
    Over his brethren. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii.

    The admonitions, fraternal or paternal, of his fellow Christians, or of the governors of the church, then more publick reprehensions; and upon their unsuccessfulness, the censures of the church, until he reform and return. Henry Hammond, Fundam.

    Plead it to her,
    With all the strength and heats of eloquence
    Fraternal love and friendship can inspire. Joseph Addison, Cato.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fraternaladjective

    pf, pertaining to, or involving, brethren; becoming to brothers; brotherly; as, fraternal affection; a fraternal embrace

  2. Etymology: [F. fraternel, LL. fraternalis, fr. L. fraternus, fr. frater brother. See Brother.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fraternal

    fra-tėr′nal, adj. belonging to a brother or brethren: becoming brothers.—ns. Frate (frä′te), a friar:—pl. Frä′ti; Frā′ter, a friar: comrade; Frater′cula, a genus of marine diving-birds, the puffins or masked auks.—adv. Frater′nally.—n. Fraternisā′tion, the associating as brethren.—v.i. Frat′ernise, to associate as brothers: to seek brotherly fellowship.—ns. Frat′erniser; Frater′nity, the state of being brethren: a society formed on a principle of brotherhood; Frat′ry, the common-room of a monastic establishment, the chapter-house—also Frat′ery: a fraternity: a convent of friars. [Fr.,—Low L. fraternalisfrater, a brother, Eng. brother, Gr. phratēr, a clansman, Sans. bhrāta.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fraternal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fraternal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of fraternal in a Sentence

  1. Lathan Lipperman:

    Without the necessary training and medical equipment, officers -- including those on-scene for this incident -- can not effectively render aid. Without the proper training, officers risk causing greater harm, the Fraternal Order of Columbus Police has requested the City provide officers with the necessary training and equipment to ensure that officers will be prepared to more effectively render aid in the future and hopefully that training will be provided on an annual basis.

  2. Sherri Rowan:

    I push back on that, as soon as they respond and recognize what National Fraternal Order of Police is, medical personnel are summoned. EMTs and paramedics are called because of the risk that is possible when someone is recognized to be having that sort of condition. Police departments are looking to do the best job that they can.

  3. Dick Durbin:

    For many of senators, yesterday was an opportunity to showcase talking points for the November election, for example, all Democrats are soft on crime. Therefore, this nominee must be soft on crime. Well, you've made a mess of their stereotype. The endorsement of the Fraternal Order Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police just doesn't fit with their stereotype of a Harvard grad black woman who is aspiring to the highest court in the land.

  4. The Argentine:

    I dream of a Europe that cares for children, that offers fraternal help to the poor and those newcomers seeking acceptance because they have lost everything and need shelter ... I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime.

  5. Chuzy:

    Failure and success are fraternal twins

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. flub
    • B. abrade
    • C. caddie
    • D. descant

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