- characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly: a kind and paternal reprimand.
- of or relating to a father.
- related on the father's side: one's paternal grandfather.
- derived or inherited from a father: paternal traits.
Origin of paternal
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1. See fatherly.
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Examples from the Web for paternally
"But I shall change your thoughts about the cause," he said paternally.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
He said this so solemnly and paternally, it sounded like the eleventh commandment.Put Yourself in His Place
"This is not the sort of night for small animals to be out," he said paternally.The Wind in the Willows
“They have to have these dogs in the winter-time, you understand,” said John, paternally.Young Alaskans in the Far North
"My dear child, that isn't the way to chop wood," insisted Bob paternally.Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm
Alice B. Emerson
- relating to or characteristic of a father, esp in showing affection, encouragement, etc; fatherly
- (prenominal) related through the fatherhis paternal grandfather
- inherited or derived from the male parent
C17: from Late Latin paternālis, from Latin pater father
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Word Origin and History for paternally
early 15c., from Old French paternal "of a father" (12c.), from Medieval Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus "of a father, fatherly," from pater (see father (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to or characteristic of a father or fatherhood.
- Received or inherited from a father.
- Related through one's father.
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