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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).

  2. paternal(Adjective)

    Fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father.

  3. paternal(Adjective)

    Received or inherited from one's father.

  4. paternal(Adjective)

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

  5. Origin: 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

  2. Paternal(adj)

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

  3. Origin: [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.]

Anagrams for paternal »

  1. parental, prenatal

  2. Prenatal

How to pronounce paternal ?

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How to say paternal in sign language?

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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. France Hirokazu Kore-eda:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Joanna Kitlinska:

    Up to 75 percent of children with FASD have biological fathers who are alcoholics, suggesting that preconceptual paternal alcohol consumption negatively impacts their offspring.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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