What does parental mean?

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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.


  1. parental

    Parental refers to anything related to being a parent or concerning parents. This includes behaviors, responsibilities, roles, rights, characteristics or attributes associated with being a mother or father, such as parental authority, parental care, or parental guidance. In biology, it can also refer to the generation of organisms that produce offspring.

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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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Anagrams for parental »

  1. paternal

  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. Michael Murphy:

    However, our study indicates that parental separation itself may not account for this increased risk, this is important because parental divorce is a common experience, affecting more than a million children annually in the United States alone.

  2. Charles Mathias, Jr.:

    The brown bag, of course, had its imperfections. While some kids carried roast beef sandwiches, others had peanut butter. I have no way of knowing if all of those brown bags contained 'nutritionally adequate diets.' But I do know that those brown bags and those lunch pails symbolized parental love and responsibility.

  3. Avni Joshi:

    There is hope that smoking cessation will help improve asthma symptoms and health care utilization even after any duration or extent of second-hand tobacco exposure, in addition, children learn from parental behavior and they are less likely to start smoking themselves if they do not observe parental tobacco use.

  4. Lawrence Kubie:

    Today's family is built like a pyramid with all the intrafamilial rivalries, tensions, jealousies, angers, hatreds, loves and needs focused on the untrained, vulnerable, insecure, young, inexperienced and incompetent parental apex ... about whose incompetence our vaunted educational system does nothing.

  5. Chris Christie:

    We need to focus on school choice, and parental choice, and parental involvement.

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