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parental

[ puh-ren-tl ]
/ pəˈrɛn tl /
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adjective
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 the parentals .
Informal. one's parent: I'm headed for a vacation with the parentals.Also called pa·ren·tal u·nit [puh-ren-tl yoo-nit] /pəˈrɛn tl ˈyu nɪt/ .
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Origin of parental

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin parentālis “of, belonging to parents,” equivalent to parent- “parent” + -ālis adjective suffix; see parent, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for parental

parental
/ (pəˈrɛntəl) /

adjective
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 parental

parentally, adverb
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