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pəˈtɜr nlpa·ter·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paternal(adj)

    belonging to or inherited from one's father

    "spent his childhood on the paternal farm"; "paternal traits"

  2. paternal(adj)

    characteristic of a father

  3. parental, maternal, paternal(adj)

    relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

    "parental guidance"

  4. agnate, agnatic, paternal(adj)

    related on the father's side

    "a paternal aunt"

Wiktionary

  1. paternal(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to one's father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family; as, "paternal grandfather" (one's father's father).

    Etymology: From paternal (12c.), a learned borrowing from paternalis, from Classical paternus, from pater.

  2. paternal(Adjective)

    Fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father.

    Etymology: From paternal (12c.), a learned borrowing from paternalis, from Classical paternus, from pater.

  3. paternal(Adjective)

    Received or inherited from one's father.

    Etymology: From paternal (12c.), a learned borrowing from paternalis, from Classical paternus, from pater.

  4. paternal(Adjective)

    Acting as a father; as in "paternal filicide" (murder of a son committed by his father).

    Etymology: From paternal (12c.), a learned borrowing from paternalis, from Classical paternus, from pater.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paternal(adj)

    of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a father; as, paternal care

    Etymology: [L. paternus, fr. pater a father: cf. F. paternel. See Father.]

  2. Paternal(adj)

    received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a paternal estate

    Etymology: [L. paternus, fr. pater a father: cf. F. paternel. See Father.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paternal

    pa-tėr′nal, adj. fatherly: showing the disposition of a father: derived from a father: hereditary.—n. Pater′nalism.—adv. Pater′nally.—n. Pater′nity, state of being a father: fatherhood: the relation of a father to his children: origination or authorship. [Fr. paternel—Low L. paternalis—L. paternuspater (Gr. patēr), a father.]

Editors Contribution

  1. paternal

    The innate characteristic of a male human being to be, act and behave like a responsible, just, fair and loving father.

    He was very paternal and loves his children very much.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 27, 2020  

Anagrams for paternal »

  1. parental, prenatal

  2. Prenatal

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paternal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paternal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of paternal in a Sentence

  1. Kimberly Guilfoyle:

    When there aren’t any paternal or father figures in homes, the gangs move into that void, it’s a very complicated and prevalent problem.

  2. Shadiah Sigala:

    I wanted to offer a more competitive paternal policy so we could continue to attract the best talent, we want to be on the progressive end of the spectrum because we think it’s important to change the conversation within the industry and to treat our employee well.

  3. Amora Vidal:

    The baby's paternal grandmother, Amora Vidal, told the Daily News Amora was just learning to crawl. She was my love, she was my first grandbaby. It just hurts so much. I still ca n’t believe it.

  4. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.

  5. Joanna Kitlinska:

    This new field of inherited paternal epigenetics needs to be organized into clinically applicable recommendations and lifestyle alternations, and to really understand the epigenetic influences of a child, we need to study the interplay between maternal and paternal effects, as opposed to considering each in isolation.

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