[ 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.
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Origin of parental
OTHER WORDS FROM parental
pa·ren·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·par·en·tal, adjectivenon·pa·ren·tal, adjectivenon·pa·ren·tal·ly, adverb
post·pa·ren·tal, adjectiveun·pa·ren·tal, adjectiveun·pa·ren·tal·ly, adverb
Words nearby parental
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British Dictionary definitions for nonparental
/ (pəˈrɛntəl) /
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 of parentalparentally, adverb
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Medical definitions for nonparental
[ pə-rĕn′tl ]
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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