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pəˈtɜr nlpa·ter·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paternaladjective

    belonging to or inherited from one's father

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

  2. paternaladjective

    characteristic of a father

  3. parental, maternal, paternaladjective

    relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

    "parental guidance"

  4. agnate, agnatic, paternaladjective

    related on the father's side

    "a paternal aunt"


  1. paternaladjective

    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).

  2. paternaladjective

    Fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father.

  3. paternaladjective

    Received or inherited from one's father.

  4. paternaladjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paternaladjective

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

  2. Paternaladjective

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

  3. 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 of being, acting and behaving like a responsible, just, fair and loving father.

    He is so paternal and loves his children with all his heart and soul.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 27, 2020  

Anagrams for paternal »

  1. parental, prenatal

  2. Prenatal

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  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. Deidre McPhillips:

    These countries tend to have generous paternal leave and maternal leave, offer free preschool and have good overall public education systems.

  2. France Hirokazu Kore-eda:

    He's a strong paternal figure, I am pleased to be competing here with him.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

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