belonging to or inherited from one's father
"spent his childhood on the paternal farm"; "paternal traits"
characteristic of a father
parental, maternal, paternaladjective
relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
agnate, agnatic, paternaladjective
related on the father's side
"a paternal aunt"
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).
Fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father.
Received or inherited from one's father.
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.
of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a father; as, paternal care
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
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. paternus—pater (Gr. patēr), a father.]
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
The numerical value of paternal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of paternal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
These countries tend to have generous paternal leave and maternal leave, offer free preschool and have good overall public education systems.
He's a strong paternal figure, I am pleased to be competing here with him.
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.
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.
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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- paterno, paternalSpanish
- isällinen, tekemä, isä, isänpuoleinenFinnish
- taobh atharScottish Gaelic
- atyai, apaiHungarian
- հայրական, հայրենիArmenian
- 父性, 父方のJapanese
- paternus, paternālisLatin
- отцовский, отеческийRussian
- ȍčīnskī, òčevSerbo-Croatian
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