belonging to or inherited from one's father
"spent his childhood on the paternal farm"; "paternal traits"
characteristic of a father
parental, maternal, paternal(adj)
relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
agnate, agnatic, paternal(adj)
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).
Origin: 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
Origin: [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 numerical value of paternal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of paternal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of paternal in a Sentence
He's a strong paternal figure, I am pleased to be competing here with him.
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.
These countries tend to have generous paternal leave and maternal leave, offer free preschool and have good overall public education systems.
Up to 75 percent of children with FASD have biological fathers who are alcoholics, suggesting that preconceptual paternal alcohol consumption negatively impacts their offspring.
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.
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- paternal, paternoSpanish
- tekemä, isä, isänpuoleinen, isällinenFinnish
- taobh atharScottish Gaelic
- atyai, apaiHungarian
- հայրական, հայրենիArmenian
- 父性, 父方のJapanese
- paternus, paternālisLatin
- отеческий, отцовскийRussian
- òčev, ȍčīnskīSerbo-Croatian
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