What does parental mean?

Definitions for parental
pəˈrɛn tlparental

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parentaladjective

    designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced

  2. parental, maternal, paternaladjective

    relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

    "parental guidance"


  1. parentalnoun

    A person fulfilling a parental role.

    Nowadays there are all kinds of potential parentals besides parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, step-parents, in-laws, older siblings and cousins, and those in civil unions.

  2. parentaladjective

    of or relating to a parent

  3. parentaladjective

    of the generation of organisms that produce a hybrid

  4. Etymology: From parentalis, from parens

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Parentaladjective

    Becoming parents; pertaining to parents.

    Etymology: from parent.

    It overthrows the careful course and parental provision of nature, whereby the young ones newly excluded, are sustained by the dam. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    These eggs hatched by the warmth of the sun into little worms, feed without any need of parental care. William Derham.

    Young ladies, on whom parental controul sits heavily, give a man of intrigue room to think, that they want to be parents. Clarissa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parentaladjective

    of or pertaining to a parent or to parents; as, parental authority; parental obligations

  2. Parentaladjective

    becoming to, or characteristic of, parents; tender; affectionate; devoted; as, parental care

  3. Etymology: [L. parentalis.]

Editors Contribution

  1. parental

    Relating to a parent.

    Their parental responsibilities are valued, respected and their love for their children is so clear.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 30, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parental' in Adjectives Frequency: #842

Anagrams for parental »

  1. paternal, prenatal

  2. Prenatal

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parental in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of parental in a Sentence

  1. Cortney Hendrickson:

    I think it's telling us that some people might be a little ego drunk, i think it makes so much sense to Nicole and I and so many other parents that are supporting parental choice as well that these people are absolutely not listening. It's falling on deaf ears.

  2. Tiffany Justice:

    The Moms for Liberty group haven't seen Democrat governors standing up for parental rights in this country, and I think that is going to be a rude awakening, and I think what happened to Terry McAuliffe in Virginia is going to repeat and repeat.

  3. Darrel Cummings:

    We have not been parental in this, we tell people this is one of the tools that's helpful in stopping the transmission of HIV and let them make up their own minds. There are naysayers out there. There are people who say PrEP encourages people to be promiscuous, but that hasn't been our experience.

  4. Democrat Jared Polis of Colorado:

    Legislation is the best way to address parental concerns, while encouraging new developments in individualized learning.

  5. Florence Brown:

    But when we see an association between maternal higher( blood sugar) in pregnancy and worse offspring academic achievement we can not say that there is cause and effect, while the authors try to adjust for the effect of parental education on child educational performance, there may be other factors that influence offspring academic achievement.

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