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[puh-ren-tl] /pəˈrɛn tl/
of or relating to a parent.
proper to or characteristic of a parent:
parental feelings.
having the relation of a parent.
Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations preceding the filial generation, each generation being designated by a P followed by a subscript number indicating its place in the sequence.
noun, Usually, parentals, Also called parental unit
Informal. one's parent (often preceded by the):
I'm headed for a vacation with the parentals.
Origin of parental
1615-25; < Latin parentālis “of, belonging to parents,” equivalent to parent- parent + -ālis -al1
Related forms
parentally, adverb
interparental, adjective
nonparental, adjective
nonparentally, adverb
postparental, adjective
unparental, adjective
unparentally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for parental
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  • The voice of parental and conjugal tenderness was silent in the grave!

  • I suspect that he was shocked at my neglect of parental duties.

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • Did they realize that it was poured before the altar of parental devotion?

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • The mighty machines were far too powerful for the prejudices of parental hearts.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • And now, together with my parental blessing, I bequeath to you this doll.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
British Dictionary definitions for parental


of or relating to a parent or parenthood
(genetics) designating the first generation in a line, which gives rise to all succeeding (filial) generations
Derived Forms
parentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for parental

1620s, from Latin parentalis "of parents," from parens (see parent (n.)). Related: Parentally.

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parental in Medicine

parental pa·ren·tal (pə-rěn'tl)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parent.

  2. Of or designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced.

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