- 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.
- Informal. one's parent (often preceded by the): I'm headed for a vacation with the parentals.
Origin of parental
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Examples from the Web for parentally
It was the only time I ever heard him address my mother so parentally.The Caxtons, Complete
"It's getting late, Ally," he said parentally, but not dictatorially.
So our fate was fixed, parentally, and we have been educated for each other.Eugene Pickering
Parentally, we care only for our own: socially, we care for all.
Parentally, we are animals: socially, we learn to love one another.
- of or relating to a parent or parenthood
- genetics designating the first generation in a line, which gives rise to all succeeding (filial) generations
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Word Origin and History for parentally
1620s, from Latin parentalis "of parents," from parens (see parent (n.)). Related: Parentally.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parent.
- Of or designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced.
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